The gist of Amos 5 is that the nation of Israel would be judged by God for its legal injustice and religious hypocrisy, but individual people could repent, seek Him, and live.
Even though Israel was at the pinnacle of prosperity under Jeroboam II, Amos speaks a sad lament/dirge (song of grief) over them.
The key verse in this chapter is found in 5:14:
“Seek good, not evil, that you may live."
Amos 5 also talks about the day of the Lord, but I will talk about that tomorrow. I do not want to take away from today's application because I think it is ultra-important to ponder!
Are you seeking good?
One of the charges against Israel was that they were not helping the poor and needy (5:12). What are you doing to help those in need? Could you volunteer to work with a community group that fights poverty in your area?
Here is a super program in the Corvallis area called the Southside Youth Outreach:
Our family has been blessed to help out with their Tuesday Club by cooking and serving the meal for kids! It is a “blessed blast.” This is a picture of my husband and Paul, my youngest, flipping sandwiches.
There are also opportunities to help with tutoring of kids at the Southside Youth Outreach.
Every May, there is a repacking party at Linn-Benton Food Share for the Postal Carriers Food Drive. This is a national program, and if you are not in my area, I am sure there is a way you can help in your own area: http://www.nalc.org/commun/foodrive/. See pictures HERE.
Also, there is a monthly Open House Repack the last Thursday of every month from 6-8 pm at the Linn Benton Food Share Warehouse in Tangent. From their Facebook page:
It is amazing what a group of like minded people can accomplish in two hours. Over 2,000 pounds of bulk flour was repacked into family size portions in less than two hours. Call Susan at 541-758-2645 for more information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.If you are not in this area, why not take some time to look for something you might be able to do for those in need!
Lord, help us always to seek God and not evil all the days of our life. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.