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Amos 4:1-6:14

When God is trying to get our attention, He is definitely politically correct, NOT.

HEAR THIS word, you cows [women] of Bashan who are in the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their husbands, Bring and let us drink! [Ps. 22:12; Ezek. 39:18.]
(Amos 4:1 AMP)

I can see, in my minds eye, a large contingent of the politically correct cops, rebuking God for calling the women of Bashan, cows. Demonstrations galore held around the globe to get God to change His Words. God speaks to get our attention to shock us into “right” thinking and behaving. He does not speak out to make us feel good or to insult us, though we may take offense. Maybe the key to changing our lives is to stop taking offence and to consider if what is being said is truth and gaining the wisdom to understand that if “folks ain’t calling your name, don’t answer.”

Wow! In God there is no other life. What we think is a party and living it up: sex, drugs and rock and roll, is nothing but death outside of God. Jesus said that He was the Vine and we, the branches (John 15:1-4). Branches cut from the Vine may stay green for a while, living off the life within the branch, but without a consistent life source, Jesus, we will die.

The Lord says this to the family of Israel: "Seek me so you can live! Do not seek Bethel! Do not visit Gilgal! Do not journey down to Beersheba! For the people of Gilgal will certainly be carried into exile; and Bethel will become a place where disaster abounds." Seek the Lord so you can live! Otherwise he will break out like fire against Joseph's family; the fire will consume and no one will be able to quench it and save Bethel.
(Amos 5:4-6 NET.)

It’s amazing how deceived I was when I thought that anything having to do with God brought death, darkness and sadness. Well, in truth, the Christians around me weren’t actually bubbling over with life, joy, peace and happiness. Believers should be the happiest folks on earth and we should not be running off to the worlds “Happiest Place,” Disney, to try to bring joy to our lives. Without Christ, no matter the environment or situation, there is no Joy. Believers should bring a fragrance, the sweet smell of Jesus Christ, no matter if it’s the darkest, rankest environment on the earth. The Joy of the Lord is our strength.


Proverbs 29:21-22

It struck me as I read the 22nd verse,

22A hot-tempered person starts fights and gets into all kinds of sin,

This is not just a pity saying or an astute observation this is a stated fact. I have a tendency to try to soften or temper an angry person’s wrath, thinking that I might be able to ease their anger by showing them the way, but it has never worked. I keep jumping in to the fray, and then I have to turn and jump out with some injury to myself. Our temper, or lack of one is a product of self-control, which as the word implies is rooted in “self.”

This verse does not say that the “hot-tempered” person may start a fight if the situation is right and they possibly may sin, it says they will. So how do you help or minister to a person like this? In another part of the Book of Proverbs, I believe we can find the answer; we don’t rescue them or shield them from the consequences of their anger.

Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you'll only make it worse.
(Proverbs 19:19 MSG)

I usually find myself befriending people who I know have bad tempers, but because they are not angry with me, I overlook it then try to speaking to them gently regarding some of the things or people they blow up over. Fast forward several years in the future and they become angry with me, the things they allow to cause them great anguish are still there, and now they are even angrier.

Just some things for me to think about. One being, why I think I can change something that scripture clearly speaks of as being part of “self-control.” Anger, like self-control is a choice, an act of the will God has given to us freely.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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