Monday, July 25, 2011

Seek Ye The LORD

               Reading Amos 5:4 - 6 quoted below, my thoughts focused on the first part of (v 6).  In light of the tragedy in Norway this week and the subsequent tragedies here in the United States, I consider the question concerning all the victims. “Were they saved.  Did they know the Lord Jesus?”  Yet after reading the verses and then reading Chapter 5 in its entirety, the phrase “Seek the LORD, and ye shall live…” took on a new meaning for me.  The final thought came to my mind that God (through Amos) wasn’t talking about individuals.  He was talking to the Northern Tribes, (Israel, those ten tribes.)
               When we consider the horror of the Norway tragedies, it is unimaginable how that something like this could happen.  (I read one place that the man, (if found guilty) could get the maximum sentence of twenty-one years in prison.)
               Therefore, my ponderings stretch a bit farther and I ask, “Is God now talking to one nation or is He talking to the world, all nations?”  I would suppose the answer is “all nations.”  (Our world is in an upheaval and there is no realistic solution in sight.        The one exception is that we as individuals (and as nations) need to “Seek the LORD, and ye shall live.”)
               Most free nations have written laws to allow for more and more freedom, outlawing laws that keep the world somewhat at peace.  (We are in a situation where what men can conceive in their minds, they are allowed to do, with only minor punishment for stepping over the line.)
               There is greater punishment for harming a domestic animal than for harming a human.  (Our news media tells us how individuals get away with murder.  More and more people are dying because of the laxness of our laws.)
               In many places, Jesus’ name in prayer is forbidden, yet in those same venues any other god can be mentioned, just not the Christian God, Jesus the Christ.  We wonder, “How can this happen?” 
In order to live spiritually, Jesus the Christ is the answer.  This does not mean we will NOT have tribulations, but if a mad man attacks and kills us, we will have a home in Heaven, which is eternal.  So, my last question is, “If you died today, would Heaven be your home?”  If you cannot answer that question without an affirmative “Yes,” you must “Seek the LORD” and you can know you have life eternal.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Believe that God has raised Jesus from the grave, and confess to others (including yourself,) and God the Father will save you from your sins and from a fiery eternal Hell.  Call on His name today.                                

Bro. John R. E Chastain

Amos 5:4-6  For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: 5  But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought. 6  Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. 

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