Amos 6:1 Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!
Whoa there tiger! Hang on for a second, put on the brakes. You’ve got to stop and hear this for a minute. Ready? God said “woe.” When God says woe you should probably pay attention. Now woe doesn’t mean wow or awesome or sweet. It means: WARNING. That’s right – warning, watch out, I know where you sleep. When God says woe, He isn’t happy and certainly not pleased. So what was the woe all about in Amos 6:1?
The people were complacent, feeling secure that they were God’s chosen ones. They went about life their own way forgetting the commands of the Lord. They started getting lazy about the sacrifices and the worship. Worshiping idols didn’t seem like that big of a deal. Sin came easy and cheap. What’s the big deal, really? After all, aren’t we God’s chosen. It’s not like anything bad is going to happen to us. This, my friends is what I will call “flawed thinking.”
Flawed thinking creates a false sense of righteousness. It produces grace mongers – people who keep on sinning without restraint because God will certainly forgive. The woe to Israel was exactly about that. God had poured out his favor (grace) on Israel but they were abusing it. They felt very secure when they shouldn’t. Because you shouldn’t feel secure when you intentionally walk outside of God’s protection. In the Old Testament, His protection accompanied obeying His commands. Today, it is accompanied by relationship (which usually will lead you to obeying His commands). So get in relationship with Him today. If you are complacent, get up on your feet and put some action to your faith. If you are a grace monger, repent and actually start striving to walk away from your sin. Walk in all His ways today and find life and security in His presence.