The Lord showed Amos five visions, all depicting judgment of the nation. In response to the first two, Amos pleaded with God, “O Lord God, please forgive! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!” (7:2), and God responded: “The Lord relented concerning this: ‘It shall not be,’ said the Lord” (7:2-3). The visions continued, however, and judgment was assured. But that was not the last word. One day, God promised, he would restore Israel. The land will produce and the mountains will drip with sweet wine. Cities will be rebuilt. Gardens will be full of produce. The people will be planted on their land and not be uprooted (chapter 9). Have I said this before? I am just amazed, over and over again, at our God’s love and mercy toward Israel and toward us. It’s a good way to start the day off, that is, reflecting on the fact that God's grace is greater than our sin!
Awake, my tongue, thy tribute bring,
To Him who gave thee pow’r to sing;
Praise Him who is all praise above,
The source of wisdom and of love.
In redemption, O what grace!
Its wonders, O what thought can trace,
Here wisdom shines forever bright;
Praise Him, my soul, with sweet delight. --John Needham (1810)