“‘I will also break the gate bar of Damascus, and eliminate every inhabitant from the Valley of Aven, as well as him who holds the scepter, from Beth-eden; so the people of Aram will be exiled to Kir,” says the LORD.’”
I can remember my older brother taunting me when we were growing up. You see, there was this story of a black bear that had wandered into my uncle’s garden next door years ago. We all knew the story. So, my brother would lock me out of the house and start calling for the bear. I, of course, was terrified I was going to be eaten by that bear. Don’t worry – I got my brother back, lol.
God cannot be locked out. Here in verse five of Amos 1, He attacks the barred gate of Damascus. You need to understand that these gates were heavily fortified and the bars that shut the gates were made of bronze and strong. But no gate can hold out Jehovah. He was issuing out judgment on Damascus, and nothing would stop Him.
In our society today, we don’t want to talk about a wrathful God. We just want to talk about how loving He is. And He is loving. But God also will hold every person accountable for their sins that are not under the blood of Jesus. Our lost friends and family members need to know that. We don’t need to shrink away from telling them that.
I know that sounds harsh. But no one can hide from God at the end. No one will have a good enough excuse to be spared judgment. Those without Christ will face a certain damnation. How horrible! We wouldn’t wish that on anyone. So, today ask the Lord who you need to share Christ with. You may just change someone’s destiny.
We all have people around us we know need Jesus. What is worse – being a little uncomfortable sharing with them or seeing them go to hell. I know this is a rough blog this morning, but I am bound by the verse of the day. This is the Lord speaking through Amos. Listen carefully.
Put people in my path today, Lord, whom I can share Jesus with. Open their hearts to hear from You.