Amos 8:1-2 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked. “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered. Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
God is patient, isn’t He? And polite, too. Here in Amos 8, God shows Amos a vision of ripe fruit and asks him what he sees. Amos, in all his wisdom and insight says “ripe fruit.” Now it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. God could have said something back like, “thanks Captain Obvious, of course you see ripe fruit – that’s what I showed you.” But God is patient, kind, and understands the depth potential of the human brain. So rather than giving Amos a big ‘ol duh, He proceeds with what He was actually trying to “show” Amos.
Has God ever showed you something that you just didn’t get? It has certainly happened to me. And when I look back, I can easily say, “oh that’s what God was trying to show me!” But like Amos, we don’t always get it. We miss the deeper meaning because our eyes are stuck on the surface. Our eyes are stuck on the object rather than the meaning behind it. It’s true isn’t it? We get hung up on stuff. We think so shallow that we miss the depth of our God.
When God speaks, we ought to be asking Him what He is really saying. Otherwise we might miss it big time. We see a bowl of fruit and think God wants us to buy a banana. Instead, let’s ask Him what that means. If He shows you something you don’t understand, press in to him a little more. God wanted to show Amos more than fruit, He wanted to give him a word of prophecy to carry to the nation. What kind of things is He showing you?