Google+ 09/15/13 Sharing God's Plans Makes Us All Major Prophets!

Amos 3:6-8


When the ram’s horn blows a warning, shouldn’t the people be alarmed?
Does disaster come to a city unless the Lord has planned it?

 Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything
    Until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.

The lion has roared so who isn’t frightened?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken—
    So who can refuse to proclaim his message?


In part seven of our thirteen-part devotion series entitled, "The Best Laid Plans," we turn to the prophet Amos for words of wisdom.  Who?  Is there really a prophet Amos in the Bible?  Snuggled between Joel and Obadiah, there is a nine-chapter book written by the minor prophet Amos.  His name literally means "burden" or "burden-bearer," which provides a key to the message this powerful book presents to the Israelites.  Amos is one of those prophets that is both bold and tactful.  Amos gains attention from his audience by first pronouncing judgment on Israel's enemies.  His main burden from God was the pronouncement of judgment on Israel from God, which was not nearly as popular!  Finally, Amos was a contemporary of Hosea, Isaiah, and Jonah.  Today in our Scripture, Amos points out something that no other prophet, major or minor, shares with us in the Bible.  God never acts before He shares His plans with His servants the prophets.  Think about it.  Abraham knew, twenty years before he had a son, that God was going to make him the "Father of All."  Noah had ample time to construct the ark before the flood, which means that Noah knew what would happen, far before the flood occurred.  Moses and Joshua knew exactly what would befall the Israelites and Pharaoh.  Daniel knew exactly what to expect when he was "recruited" out of Israel by evil forces.  That is why he refused to partake of the "king's meat."  Are you ready?  We know exactly what is going to happen when Jesus comes back.  God has shared all of His final plans with us, through the apostle John and the book of Revelation.  The Lion has roared.  Should we not be afraid?  Have you ever noticed that a lion does not just attack in silence?  A lion roars before he does anything.  Unfortunately, we have heard lions roar before and often we pay no attention.  We should be afraid to not preach the gospel, not the other way around!  God has shared His plans with the apostles, prophets and us.  As Christians, we need to discuss those plans with each other and inform the lost.  To do anything less than this would be a sin.  So have we, in Christian circles, misnamed Amos as a minor prophet?  I believe so.  "Sharing God's Plans Makes All of Us Major Prophets!"