After 16 weeks, this Sunday we finish our season in the book of Amos. As I’ve shared several times, Amos is definitely, on numerous levels, the most challenging book that I’ve ever preached through. While preparing these sermons, one of the questions I’ve repeatedly asked (with frustration, consternation, and alarm) is, “Where is the grace!?”
Hosea, written around the same time and with a similar message as Amos, also has a lot of judgement in it. But, while it’s still a very tough book, there is a ton more grace, compassion, and longing in Hosea than Amos. I actually joked with someone that, when it comes to God’s warnings, Hosea is kind of like mom whereas Amos is kind of like your dad.
One of the things Amos has made me (and I think, “us”) grapple with is how easy it is to have a self-centered, intra-personal (“all about me” view of myself), and self-serving view of God’s grace. What I mean is, we’ve seen repeatedly how the people God was seriously warning in Amos had the same reaction, i.e. “Where is the grace!?”