THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
YET YOU DID NOT RETURN TO ME
Today’s reading: Amos 3:1-4:12
Over and over the Lord says to Israel, “Yet you did
not return to me.” The Lord speaks through prophets
(v.3:7-8) and through circumstances of life, especially calamities.
“Does disaster befall a city unless the Lord has caused
it?” (v.3:6b). There was hunger and lack of food (v.4:6),
lack of water (v.4:7-8), infestation of crops (v.4:9), pestilence
(v.4:10), defeat in battle (v.4:11).
the world experiences poverty and hunger, lack of potable
water, failure of crops, natural calamities, new resistant
viruses, bloodshed and civil wars. Countries have their own
particular woes, as in the Philippines, with massive corruption,
rampant criminality including murders (whether by hired guns
or in fraternity initiation), joblessness, insurgencies. Individuals
have their own struggles, with finances, family, loss of faith.
might ask, “Where is God in all of this?” He is
right there in the disaster, which He allows to happen. He
is allowing us to be punished. “Therefore I will punish
you for all your iniquities.” (v.3:2b). Notice that
those who have everything (money, power, etc.) are often far
from God? Notice how such a one often turns to God when circumstances
turn against him (bankruptcy, family woes, fall from power,
wants all peoples to be with Him. But oftentimes they persist
in sin and wrongdoing. “They do not know how to do what
is right” (v.3:10a). God sends His prophets but they
are not listened to. So the only way left is disaster, as
a manifestation of God’s punishment, but also of God’s
love, as He wants peoples and nations to return to Him. “Therefore
thus I will do to you, Israel: and since I will deal thus
with you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” (v.4:12).
all peoples and nations return to God.