devotions for the day

    So I decided to read the book of Amos today for my devotional time, and one passage particularly struck me – so much I read it over and over again.  I found it from The Message paraphrase, and figured I’d copy it here:

 “I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.”

– Amos 5:21-24

I guess I just was thinking how easy it is to get caught up in all of the silliness and forget to put our faith into action.  Amos was a Judean shepherd who prophesied to Israel at a time when it was wealthy, materialistic, and greedy.  Amos tells the Israelites that a day of judgment would come, and the Assyrians would soon be coming to destroy them.  And I read that passage, and I think of the two things God wanted: to be praised for all of His goodness, and justice to those around us.  Not a weekly Bible study.  Not a capital building campaign.  Not a 40 days of anything, but praise and justice.  None of those former things are bad unto themselves, lest they stop us from the latter.

Much peace.



  1. I never comment on your blog, so it’s sort of funny that on the day I decide to do so, I’m following my wife, but so be it.

    She’s my wife for a reason. I was going to say the exact same thing.

    So… I agree with you.


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