Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7
Great leaders will always share what their vision is with those whom they are leading. They do not keep their plans hidden from those under them, because they need the people to be able to follow. If there is no revealed plan or vision, then there is nothing to follow.
Some leaders do not feel confident enough in their abilities to the point that they will not reveal what is in the planning. As this occurs, people will fall away and follow others. People love a person who will actually lead them.
Amos tells the people to realize that God will never do anything without revealing His plans.
God’s great love wants every person to love and follow Him. He does not want anyone to be punished or destroyed. In this God had revealed the first coming of Jesus to the people. He had revealed His plan of salvation for all people, everywhere.
Along with revealing His plan for salvation, God has also revealed what will happen when one does not accept Jesus, the punishment and judgement.
All of this is done so that no one can be without excuse. No one will be able to say that they did not know what God was going to do or why He was going to do it.
In order for a person to know what God is going to do, all he has to do is read the Bible, pray and listen to God’s Holy Spirit guiding Him. The Holy Spirit will give a person the needed discernment as to what God is doing and what He is going to do. Every believer has access to this knowledge, not just special people–pastors or prophets. His Spirit is poured out upon everyone.
Allow yourself to hear what God is doing and going to do. Read and study the bible every day. Pray in the Holy Spirit, being willing to listen and obey what God is saying.
God is moving on this earth. There are coming times of forgiveness and salvation, and there are coming times of judgement. Allow God to open your eyes up to see what is occurring and about to happen. This allows you to be able to do the work He has called you to do, to be His witness in this world and build His kingdom.
I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will obey God’s commands; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill your heart and mind with God’s knowledge and direction; and that you will be God’s voice to this world.
And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. Jeremiah 25:4
Everyday as a person drives down the road he can see signs that tell him the speed limit and to not drink alcohol and drive. Yet, many refuse to listen to those signs and warnings and will do both.
Many feel that they are exempt from those laws or that they can drive better than anyone else. They drink and drive, then many will cause accidents and even death because they had refused to listen to what was told to them. They chose, rather, to do their own thing.
Jeremiah accuses the people of Israel of refusing to listen to God. They had been sent many warnings by different prophets, yet they would not listen to what was being said.
Every prophet that was sent to the Israelites were sent to people today, along with new servants with the same message. The message has been the same since God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden–follow and obey God.
Just as it was with the Israelites during Jeremiah’s time, people do not listen or pay attention to the message. God is still telling people to not follow false gods, to turn away from all sin, to live a holy life, to believe in and obey Jesus and to be His witness in this world.
Yet, many, even in the church, are not paying attention to what God is saying. The false gods of pride, wealth, fame, self, sex, and greed are being worshipped everyday, both inside and outside the church.
Those who claim to believe in Jesus, must listen to what God is saying. They must turn away from sin and follow Jesus with all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. This can only be done when they are listening.
Have you heard what God has said? If you have heard are you listening–obeying God’s word?
At a minimum God has called you to be separate, to turn away from all sin, to obey God’s word, and to be His witness. No matter where you are in this life in your walk with God, there is always room to grow and do better for God. There is always more to listen to and obey.
Do not be like the Israelites and most of the world and not pay attention to God, His word and His servants.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will listen to what God is saying; that you will apply what God is saying to your life; and that you will live your whole life for God.