As I continue to grow and mature in my relationship with Christ, I have enjoyed spending time reading some of the “out-of-the-ordinary” passages of Scripture. I’ve found this to be a very rich and rewarding practice that often goes overlooked. It’s invigorating to discover more about the depths of God’s character, the fullness of His love, and the magnitude of His plan. There is so much that he longs to reveal to us, and I hope to make the most of every opportunity to glean from the Scriptures!
Not long ago, I read the Old Testament book of Amos, and I wrote a little poem regarding its contents. I hope you enjoy the poem, and are inspired by the Holy Spirit as you contemplate the truths therein.
God still longs to use ordinary people like us to do extraordinary things for Him.
There once was a humble shepherd
an ordinary guy named Amos
He seemed to be a simple man
neither popular nor famous
One night as he watched his sheep,
using the ground as his bed
The Lord began to speak to Amos,
and this is what he said:
My people are acting strangely!
They have turned away from God.
My children are ignoring My love
which is foolish, dangerous and odd.
They disrespect their friends and dishonor My name;
They’ve traded My truth for lies.
Instead of worship they have rejected Me,
but they are in for a big surprise
You see, once people begin seeking power
and forget what the Lord has done…
Their selfishness will lead to sadness,
and PAIN WITHOUT GOD IS NOT FUN.
Like the story of Robin Hood,
when the rich stole from the poor
These people were greedy for money,
but our Heavenly Father wants so much more
You see, we can forget
that God is awesome and amazing.
Things like money, pride and selfishness
can make people violent and crazy
God’s children were ignoring Him.
They kind of “put Him on a shelf”.
But remember, He is a jealous God,
He wants His children for Himself.
Can you believe that?
The one who made it all
Wants to be with you no matter what,
even when you fail and fall.
God is like a lion,
He roars against his foe.
The devil might seem to have his way with us,
But the Lord will give him the final blow.
It is so very important
That you and I do our part
To be careful what we see and hear,
And above all else, guard our heart.
The music that we listen to,
The things we let our eyes see
Can slowly make us a slave,
OR they can help to set us free.
This might seem kind of silly.
Why would God care what I do?
Jesus knows how strong temptation is,
And He knows what’s best for you
So be smart, and make good friends!
Friends that will help you do what’s right.
Say no to sin, and flee temptation,
And you will sleep well at night.
However, the most important friendship
Is knowing God’s only Son.
Jesus loves you and wants to forgive you,
He can fill your life with power, hope—and fun!
And just for the record,
God cares for you too!
The joy of knowing our Maker
is available to you.
Your life won’t become perfect;
Your troubles won’t all flee.
But you’ll be with the one who loves you,
And HE will set you free.
So will you say yes
to God’s plan for you?
Would you trust Jesus
and let him lead you?
It’s actually quite simple
to ask God to forgive your sin.
Just say you’re sorry, thank Him for the cross
And let Jesus come on in
So back to our shepherd named Amos,
He did just what God asked him to.
He warned the people to turn from their evil,
And encouraged them just what to do.
In the end, God promised those people
To restore their hearts, and their land.
He would replace his anger with mercy,
And lovingly lead them with His mighty hand.
Our Heavenly Father is a jealous God,
And His promises are true.
The next time God has a message to give…
He just might give it through you.
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