Daily Readings & Thought for November 25th. ‘WOE TO YOU WHO DESIRE THE DAY OF THE LORD’
Today’s readings.. (Nehemiah 13), (Amos 5), (2 Timothy 2)
Today we read the prophet Amos’ warning, “Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD?” [5 v.18] This verse provides food for much thought. We desire the Day of the LORD! Why? We long for the day when our Saviour comes. What kind of people in the prophets’ day desired the “day of the Lord” – when they should not? Were they mistaken in thinking God was on their side?
They were only hearing half the message of the prophets, like as today, when many churchgoers think God is purely a God of love. A contemporary of Amos was Obadiah whose short message we will read in a few days when we will read, “For the day of the LORD is near upon all nations” [1 v.15] In the prophet’s day some people in Israel were looking for that day to come – so that their enemies would be destroyed! We know it going to be a time when God shows his anger on the whole godless world of today.
Only those genuinely trying to be righteous and walk in the sight of God should desire the day of the LORD, knowing it will be a time of great distress. The day of the Lord about to come on the world will particularly affect certain classes of people; Amos writes, “Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches … who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp … invent for themselves instruments of music, who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils …” [6 v.4-6] The words of Amos are very appropriate for those in our world who are enjoying prosperity..
Human nature is unchanged, but today’s world provides the godless person with so many options for behaving in an ungodly manner – most do not even consider that there could be a God.. Let us make sure we desire the day of the LORD for the right reason being fully aware of what is to take place as we thought about in reading Joel a few days ago – and at the beginning of the month, the start of Daniel ch. 12 when we read, “There shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.” Let us make sure our name is written in God’s book