Have you ever left home, the office, or a store only to discover you don’t have your cell phone with you? Or maybe you need to leave home, but you can’t find your phone anywhere. In those situations, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration or overstatement to say that “panic” or “dread” are emotions that many of us feel!
What’s fascinating is that many of us can remember life before cell phones were a part of our everyday life and experience. It used to be normal and stress-free to take a long road trip or go away on vacation without 24/7 access to a phone. Can you imagine now if you were an hour into an all-day road trip, or that you had just boarded a plane, only to discovered that you didn’t have your phone?
Growing up, our family owned a cottage on the remote Isle of Skye, and it didn’t even have a phone inside! We would go there regularly as a family for vacations – to a house that didn’t have a phone! But it gets better. When we, the children, were legally allowed to supervise ourselves (at 16 years old), my parents would regularly leave us at home and go there alone – with no phone! Can you imagine doing that today?
Cell phones provide us with a real sense of security. Our loved ones having cell phones provides us with a sense of security (and it drives us crazy when they won’t answer or respond!).
This Sunday, and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we turn our attention to Amos 6:1-14. In this passage, God addresses his people regarding the good things that they were looking to for security too much. God also speaks about their deficient spiritual sensitivity. The security that they are receiving from good things has desensitized them to God’s Word and God’s way. They have become blind to things that should be obvious. They are not hearing, seeing, or thinking things that, for God’s people, should be clear, apparent, and obvious.
Amos is a tough book. Amos raises awkward questions and includes challenges, warnings, and threats. Why? As someone once told me, “You attract more bees with honey than vinegar.” We don’t love books like Amos, but God knows that we need them, and God knows best. He spoke these prophecies and had them written down for his beloved children for a reason. So, take some time to read and reflect on Amos 6:1-14 this week. May God meet you in his Word.
I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.
Yours in Christ’s love,