Amos 3:7: “Surely the Lord God does nothing, / Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

August 11th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional

As God’s servants today, it is easy to apply this verse to our own lives. God loves His children and so He has always graciously taken us into His confidence so we will be directed and warned in advance. In this chapter, through His prophet Amos, God was specifically revealing coming judgment so that humanity would have time to repent. This verse is especially encouraging because Amos was saying something like, “If you pay attention, you will know what’s happening, because God always announces to His children before He does anything that will affect them.”

The practical application for each of us is that if we stay in the word, then God will speak to us about our lives and what He has for us. God continually reveals Himself in His word to those who will seek Him there. The writer of Hebrews said:

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)

The living God does not use dead or irrelevant words but living ones in His book. So when we read the words of our Bible, we are reading words that came from the mouth of God, and are just as Spirit energized today as they were the first day God empowered them.

George Whitefield, an 18th-century evangelist, was hounded for a while by a group of young men who called themselves the “Hell-Fire Club.” They would go to where Whitefield was preaching and sit in the back mocking and making fun of him. On one occasion, one of the young men named Thorpe copied down part of the sermon Whitefield was preaching so he could mimic Whitefield to his friends. He later wrote that when he stood up and started delivering Whitefield’s sermon word for word to his friends, accurately imitating his tone and facial expression, a strange thing happened. He suddenly found himself so convicted and pierced by the message that he stopped, sat down, and he was converted on the spot.

“LORD, may Your word in our mouth be useful to You this day to lead others to Your throne of grace.”