Thoughts from Amos 5

Amos 5:4-5, 8, 14-15

“For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel:
‘Seek me and live; but do not seek Bethel,
and do not enter Gilgal or cross over to Beersheba;
for Gilgal shall surely go into exile, and Bethel shall come to nothing.
Seek the LORD and live….
     ‘He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
     and turns deep darkness into the morning,
     and darkens the day into night…,
     the LORD is his name….
‘Seek good, and not evil,
that you may live;
and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.
Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.'”

The LORD says–seek Me and live.
But do not seek Bethel, do not seek Gilgal–
do not seek a place or a memory to find Me–
but seek Me.

And another word,
a whisper in the whirlwind around, encircling us–
a Word of Hope:

“I turn deep darkness into the morning.”

There is Hope, Frightened One.
There is Hope.

But do not forget–He urges–
I also am the God who darkens the day into night.
Trust Me.
I am still sovereign, even over this.

Seek Me.
…and you will live.

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