A never-failing stream!
November 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
When the going gets tough, the biggest danger is misguided hope. The temptation is always to rely more on the power and ability of the systems that we created to organize ourselves rather than Godself. However, this election day will most probably yet again show the ebb and flow of power in the midst of a never-ending disappointed people who simply don’t get from the system what they hoped for. The prophet Amos, in today’s reading from Amos 5:12-24, mocks our misguided hopes. Not only the courts of justice, but even the religious assemblies are subjected to the prophet’s critique of how power corrupts. There will be wailing in all the streets and cries of anguish in every public square… It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him (5:16,19). And yet, Amos brings good news! In the midst of the darkness there is always the Lord. The only true source of hope. The trustworthy One who will never disappoint in bringing forth His future in our midst. Because of him, justice will roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (5:24). In God we trust indeed!