Amos 6:1 Complacency

Secure with a rope

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. 

Psalm 20:7 Who Or What Do You Trust In?

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

David had just offered a pray for all of the people. He had prayed that their prayers would be heard by God and that He would answer those prayers. Then he talks about how some people trust in chariots and horses, but that he, and those he is talking to, trust in God.

All over the world people trust in many different things each day. Trust begins the moment a person gets up in the morning and goes all the way through the day and night. As the person gets up, he trusts that the floor will still be below his feet and that the morning sun will rise up. He trusts that he still has the ability to live on this earth.

If a person gets in a car, he trusts that it will run. He trusts he still has a job to work. And the list goes on and on how people have trust each day.

Many, however, trust in the things of this world alone, and refuse to trust in God. They trust in their job to provide the needed finances. They trust their retirement fund to provide during retirement. They trust the police to protect them. They trust the doctor to cure them. Yet, they will not trust in God, because they cannot see Him.

All the things of this world may be good, but they are also temporary. Cars break down, jobs fail, retirement funds crumble, and things change. The only thing that you can fully trust in, with guaranteed assurance, is God.

God has always been there and will always be there. He will never fail in anything that He does. Put all of your trust in God. Listen to what He says and follow His lead. It may look like a dead-end path, but God knows what is best. He is the only one who is in absolute control.

Everyone has trust in something. Where is your trust today?

Is it in the things of this world?

Or is it in God?

I pray today that you will personally know God; that you will trust God in everything and for everything; that you will not fear this world; and that you will see God’s faithfulness in your life.