Saturday, April 15
“I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ (Amos 7:14-15)
God specializes in using ordinary people. Amos was the first prophet after the kingdom of Israel was divided by Jeroboam, preceding even Isaiah and Hosea.
Amos was just a shepherd (and a tree-tender). He was hardly qualified to speak on behalf of the God of the universe. But God had a job for him. I think sometimes God calls those who seem ‘unqualified’ to do the most amazing work for him for three reasons.
- They will give all the credit to Him.
- They won’t question Him, assuming they know a better way.
- They speak the language of the people and won’t talk over their heads.
Amaziah was the priest who should have been speaking God’s words. He was the one “qualified” to be God’s prophet. But when Amos goes to him, here’s what happens:
‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’
This is what the Lord says:
“Your wife will become a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword.
Your land will be measured and divided up,
and you yourself will die in a pagan country.
And Israel will surely go into exile,
away from their native land.”
Did you get that? The priest-boss says “Hey, knock it off. Quit saying bad stuff is going to happen” (Isn’t that a pretty common thing in the prophets? People telling them to stop saying bad stuff was going to happen). And Amos is like, “God says you’re all gonna die. Mic drop.”
(Don’t think I don’t know that I’m too old and un-cool to use that phrase. But it fit, right?)
So whether you think you are qualified or not, keep your ears open for God’s call and your eyes open for His opportunity to speak truth and serve.
He’s got something for you!