Amos 1:1a “The words of Amos, who was among the sheepherders from Tekoa,” 


 This may seem like a strange verse, or part of a verse, to use for a devotional thought.  But look at it again. “The words of Amos, who was among the sheepherders from Tekoa,”  Who was Amos? A shepherd.  Where was he from?  Tekoa.  There was nothing special about Amos, but God chose him to be a prophet to deliver His message.

How many times have you thought or said, “I’m not able to be used by God.  I don’t have a Bible degree.  I am not spiritual enough.”  Hogwash! God can use anyone He wants, if they are willing to be used.  You have probably heard the saying, “God equips the willing.”  Are you?


How about your children?  Are you willing to allow the Lord to take them and use them? “Well yes, Carl.  Sure I am.”  Really? What if God called them to go to Indonesia or into a prison ministry?  “Now I don’t want them to do anything dangerous.”  Exactly my point.  Listen, your kids are not yours.  They belong to Him.  Let Him use them however and wherever He chooses.

I know that’s a hard thing to do.  No one wants to see their children come into harm’s way.  But if they are in God’s Will, He will keep them right where He wants them for as long as He wants them there.  He took care of Amos.  He took care of Moses.  He took care of Gideon.  You get the picture.

So, the question today is are you willing to let God do whatever He wants in your life and in the lives of your family?  Do you surrender it all to Him?  Trust Him to use you in the way He wants.  There shall be showers of blessing.

Father, stepping out and abandoning my plans is hard.  But Lord, I want to be in Your Will.  Help me surrender fully all that I am and all that my family is to You.


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