Respond How?

Haggai 1:4–14, Amos 7:10–17

It would be nice if nice things just happened. It would be nice if all the stuff that needs to happen, just happened. It doesn’t work that way. Someone has to take responsibility.

had his that the remnants of Israel would from exile. Now they were starting to recover and thrive. They had homes, buildings not tents. They were rooting themselves back into the land. At the t of their thought processes, one would think that would be front and center. It seems, however, that this wasn’t the case. Despite their to the land and their homes, they were merely surviving, not thriving.

Haggai goes to them and pronounces that they have their shelter. should now have a place for them to worship Him. To their credit, they listened. The house of was rebuilt. blessed the people a.

Amos, on the other hand, did not receive a positive reception. The response of the powerful was antagonistic, at best. Amos was a prophet when the nations of Israel and Samaria were at relative peace, had mostly restored the boundaries of David and Solomon, and were doing well. The nation was doing well. Actually, the powerful were doing well. The powerful were lives of excess, and not thinking about tomorrow.

did not well to their selfishness. informed them that the exile was certain and that all they treasured would no longer be there. That made them very unhappy to these s. They wanted to silence them.

Haggai and Amos fully delivered ’s s. The people ed quite differently.

1) How are you ing to ’s on your life? Are you more like those who ed to Haggai or those who ed to Amos?

2) We often look at the superficial and say we’re fine. We often do not see the truth. Where are we not fine? Where are you not fine? Where is the church not fine?

3) Being ful to ’s house, and being ful to ’s church often have tension between them. Why do you think that is? What can you do to ease it?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.