Amos 2:13-16 13 “Now then, I will crush you
as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
14 The swift will not escape,
the strong will not muster their strength,
and the warrior will not save his life.
15 The archer will not stand his ground,
the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
and the horseman will not save his life.
16 Even the bravest warriors
will flee naked on that day,”
declares the Lord.
Doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? It doesn’t? Isn’t our relationship with God supposed to be filled with happy warm feelings, euphoria, mountain tops, bunny rabbits, and ice cream? Hmmm… maybe that’s the wrong god. While our relationship with God should be fulfilling and full of love, it’s not just about mushy stuff. God isn’t entirely mushy. If anyone in the relationship has mush potential, it’s us – because He could crush us if He wanted.
Why oh why am I writing such an encouraging message this morning, you ask? First of all, it’s in the Bible so I thought that was a good start. And it’s in the Bible because there is a message for us here. In the book of Amos, God was warning the nations of His mighty power. No one was going to be getting away with their junk because God was fed up with it. So he told them what they did and then told them about His power and plans to use it. You see, human strength cannot withstand the power of the Lord.
I repeat: human strength cannot withstand the power of the Lord. And while this may freak us out, that’s not the only reason for this message. It should freak us out, however. The fear of the Lord is an important aspect of our relationship. It keeps us from being grace mongers… you know, sinning on purpose because you know He’ll forgive you anyways. That’s what Paul calls abusing the grace of Jesus Christ. Let’s not do that.
But more than freak us out, His power should cause us to be in awe of His greatness. He promised that He would fill us with his Holy Spirit and that Spirit of the Living God contains His freakish power. That’s why sometimes people fall over in His presence – their bodies just can’t take it. And it is in that power that you can have victory over the evil one. It is in that power that you can live life in the spirit rather than in the flesh. So let His power crush your fleshly desires today so that you can truly come alive in Him.