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. 

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Jeremiah 22:21 Refusal To Listen

I warned you when you felt secure, but you said, ‘I will not listen!’ This has been your way from your youth; you have not obeyed me. Jeremiah 22:21

As the nation of Judah was being overtaken by the Babylonians, God told King Jehoiakim that He had already been warning him. God had warned him of the coming disaster, yet, the king refused to listen. It was pointed out that his not listening was nothing new. He had been doing that since he was a young man.

Parents often warn their children of not doing some action, because it will bring about suffering and pain, or punishment. The purpose of the warnings are to protect the child, not bind them up and take away their freedom. Even though the warnings are done in love, many times a child will refuse to listen and get himself into trouble or be injured.

It is common for adults to look at children and talk about how they are rebellious and refuse to listen, while many are doing the exact same thing. God has set out a way to live life. He did that, not to bind a person up and take away his freedom, but in order that he may live life to the fullest.

When a person chooses to not live according to God’s plan, God will give warnings. Living in sin and against God’s plan, will bring about disaster and punishment. God’s holiness requires that He punish, if nothing is done about it.

Believers are often guilty of this type of living. They go to church and carry a bible, so they feel that there is nothing wrong. They feel secure. Yet, they are living with a sin in their life, refusing to give it up. They refuse to listen to what God is saying through the bible or through the pastor and others. While this is happening, the person often feels as though there is nothing wrong, yet there is.

Take a look at your own life. Ask yourself how well are you really listening to God? When God speaks are you obeying what He is saying? Or are you still going about doing your own thing?

Do not live your life in a way that God would have to say of you, that you have been rebellious since your youth. May God be able to say that you have done well and are faithful.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice; that you will obey God’s voice; that you will know the warnings of God in your life; and that you will live your life for God.