His Voice Is Heard

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Amos 1:1-15, Amos 2:1-3, Psalm 33:13-22, Romans 1:16-23

The first time I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, I wept. All that the museum offers beautifully and evocatively captures both the lament and celebration of current and historical moments. From the galleries filled with artifacts and interactive exhibits to the comfort of the restaurant’s multi-regional soul food cooking to the spaces thoughtfully designed for reflection and contemplation. 

One of these spaces—called the Contemplative Court—is a large room with a wide, round opening at the top. A waterfall pours from this opening all the way down into a pool bordered by long, high-back marble benches. Each wall in the Contemplative Court, coppery bronze and overlaid with glass, bears a quote from a key historical figure. On one wall is a famous quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., which echoes a well-known verse from the book of Amos: “We are determined to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Whenever I visit the Contemplative Court, I make sure to sit on the bench facing that wall so the quote appears behind the waterfall. The sight and sound of streaming water create a powerful experience, intensifying my longing for the reality of those words. That image kept coming to mind as our team created this reading plan.

The book of Amos gives us God’s view of justice and righteousness, primarily through Israel’s failure to practice them. They have exploited the poor for economic benefit. They have ignored and mistreated the most vulnerable members of their communities. And they have committed idolatry and other sinful actions. The imagery and sharp tone of Amos carry strong emotion, revealing God’s heart of righteousness and justice for all people. While God’s judgment warns punishment, it is also a prompt to return to Him. He shouts in Amos 5:4, “Seek me and live!”

That’s the call that rings throughout the centuries to us today. The book of Amos invites us to sit in the tension of the brokenness we have experienced and even perpetuated. But it’s not for guilt’s sake. God’s imperative to “let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream” (Amos 5:24) is an invitation to life! 

I pray that during your time in the book of Amos you’ll also be prompted to lament the ways that you have turned from God and lean into Him even more. And that you would ultimately experience the refreshing, freeing, joyful, and abundant life that only God can give.

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98 thoughts on "His Voice Is Heard"

  1. Mollie Clay says:

    The righteous will Live by Faith.

  2. Amber Lahm says:

    I had a student who had been sexually molested and was angry. She was soooo angry…breaking pencils, avoiding work. She shared with me that she shared that she had been to court and the court did not believe her. It brought tears to my eyes. I tried to comfort her by telling her that God is the ultimate judge- that he loves her and will bring justice to the man who hurt her. We created a deep bond that year.

  3. Danae MCDH says:

    This first devotional has me hooked already. It makes my guilt turn into drawing near to God.

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  6. Loraine Bogin says:

    I honestly don’t know what God has in store for United States. His living, breathing, life-giving Word of Spirit and Life has been here for more than 200 years. Jesus, the only way to the Father is the only way that we, as a nation and state truly desperately need to believe and submit our wills to both God and Jesus, repent, renounce our wicked ways and ask forgiveness

  7. Christina Ippolito says:

    I love the reminder here that when we experience the “tension of brokenness”, it’s not because God wants us to feel guilt and sit in shame…it’s because God wants to bring us to back to life! He is not a God who throws guilt on us but invites us to come and live in His goodness. The brokenness hurts but when we look to Him, He brings beauty from the ashes.

  8. Shiloh Ekaniyere Abraham says:

    Amen, I just started this reading plan and I ask God for the Grace to finish and to be able to learn and think about my life and how I can improve and change ❤️❤️