Amos 6:1 Complacency

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Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come! Amos 6:1 

As people gain large bank accounts and retirement funds, they begin to feel very secure. They feel as if they have ‘made it’ and  are set for the rest of their life. It is what many strive for and dream of day after day. It gives them a peace of mind and they begin to rest in it, no longer having to work and fight for what they desire.

Hosea tells the people that when they are complacent and secure, there is problems coming. The leaders of Israel were acting in this way and were to see trouble.

Feeling secure is a desire of most people, both believers and non-believers. They want to ‘know’ that they have arrived and are successful.

It is common for many believers to begin to feel this way in their journey with God. Everything is going well and they begin to stop praying, stop reading God’s word, and stop praising and worshipping God. They begin to feel secure in where they are with God, rather than continuing to grow in line with God.

As this happens, many often begin to fall backwards. Sins begin to be allowed into their lives that had formally been avoided at all costs. They begin to no longer hear God’s voice or His Holy Spirit working in their lives, because they had ‘made it’.

This is complacency. It is being content with where one is at. It is a dangerous place to be. Once a person is there, it is easy for the enemy to take over. God does not like complacency. He wants a person to be hot or cold, not in the middle. No matter how far a person has come, there is still more room to grow more like Jesus.

Take a moment to look at your life. Have you become content with where you are in your walk with God? Do you feel as if you have ‘made it’?

Ask God where you need to grow and then begin to actively pursue God and His ways. Measure yourself up against Jesus and then begin to strive to become just like Him.

Do not allow yourself to become complacent and secure with where you are. It is a place of downfall and destruction.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live more like Jesus every day; that you will walk more with God each day; that you will seek the things of God; and that your life will be a witness of who Jesus is. 

Amos 6:1 The Danger Of Being Complacent

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come! Amos 6:1

The leaders of Israel were satisfied with where they were at. They sat down always dining, eating fancy food, and always lying on beds resting. They felt secure and as though they could not fall. Complacency had set in despite the fact that the nation was falling in ruins and was being warned of being destroyed.

Being complacent satisfied with one’s own accomplishments and believing that self is the best. Throughout the lifetime of a person, there will be time when one will accomplish things, some of these things will be of great value. Some of these accomplishments can occur whether one is a believer or not.

The problem comes in when the person thinks that he has made it and is the best. He is satisfied with where he is at and often feels that he does not have to do any more because he has arrived.

When this type of feeling is embraced, it causes a person to not see danger when it is coming. It keeps a person from realizing mistakes being made and any deviance off the path that he is supposed to be on.

Believers can easily fall into this trap of thinking. A believer may have finally overcome some sin in his life or maybe accomplished some great ministry task. As this happens, he may begin to think that he has made it and that there is no more to do or accomplish. He will often let his guard down to keep from falling into sin. He feels strong enough, in himself, to be able to overcome any situation. Yet, this is not true, he can still fail and fall.

Take a look at your own life and see where you are at. If you feel satisfied that you have made it, then you are being complacent and are in danger of falling worse. If you are not satisfied with where you are at, then focus on continuing to change and become more like Jesus. Do not allow yourself to remain idle and not move forward.

Seek God and He will show you any area you need to work on. There is always work to be done, until Jesus returns. Don’t be complacent.

I pray today that you will always work to be more for God; that you will always strive to learn more of God; that you will not let your guard against sin down; and that you will always do more and more for God.