Read: Amos 6:1-7
Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria. (v. 1)
I knew the risk. The yellow fuel warning light was illuminated in my car. But I had driven many times before while the light was on and had never run out of gas. Because I had gotten away with it before, I believed I could do it again. A few miles down the road, my engine sputtered and I found myself stranded. I had become complacent, and it cost me.
In our passage today, we see that the Israelites had also become complacent. In their renewed peace, power, and prosperity, a false sense of security had taken root. They used their resources to make themselves more comfortable and glorify themselves. They were slothful, gluttonous, self-centered, and arrogant. God sent Amos to warn the leaders of the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel. Just as other great cities around them had been destroyed because of their pride and complacency, he warned them that they also would be destroyed. He showed them their sin was unacceptable to God and would not be ignored. There would be a price to pay.
Have you grown complacent in your faith? Our comfortable lives can give us a false sense of security. Our security should not come from ourselves or anything we can gain on our own, but from the knowledge of what Christ has done for us. —Kelly Slaybaugh
As you pray, ask God to free you from your complacency so you may secure your hope in him alone.
About the Author
Kelly Slaybaugh lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, is a student at Asbury Theological Seminary, and an “empty nester.” She loves connecting with God through nature and outdoor activities.