SeekAs we have progressed through these various prophetic voices, there have been a few things we find in common. They all possess an urgency about them – warning (even pleading) with God’s people to turn (repent) back to the Lord – away from their idols and evil lifestyles. Using whatever means they can (songs, poems, dirges, stories) the Prophets many times put themselves at risk in order to get their message out.

Jeremiah said the message burned within him like a “fire in his bones” (Jer 20:9) and he just HAD to get it out or he would burst!

Yet, one major difference with Amos is that he wasn’t a Priest or a religious guy (like Isaiah, Ezekiel) – he was just an average Joe! The Bible says that he was a “herdsman” (Amos 1:1) – that is akin to him being a blue-collar worker. He was just an average, everyday dude who worked hard and did right.

But then God stirred something inside of him…

Amos begins to declare a warning to the northern 10-tribes… (obviously this was before Assyria invaded). He tells them that judgment is coming… they had better turn around and start walking in a different direction… a cliff was before them… things were going to get really ugly (paraphrase mine).

And just like the many Prophets we have heard from already… this message of impending doom was sprinkled with God’s heart to forgive – bless – prosper.

“Seek me and you may live.” (Amos 5:4)
“Seek the Lord and you may live.” (Amos 5:6)
“Seek good, and not evil, that you may live, and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.” (Amos 5:14)

Three times God’s heart comes out in the middle of a warning. His heart has always been this way – it hasn’t changed even today. God wants His people to be in fellowship and relationship with Him. He wants to shower them with goodness and The Blessing.

(God doesn’t change… but we do).

The word “seek” is an action word.

In the Old Testament it is baqash (darash) – which means “to seek out by any method, specifically in worship and prayer”.

“Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jer 29:13 AMP

“If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, craving Him as your soul’s first necessity], He will be found by you; but if you [become indifferent and] forsake Him, He will forsake you.” – 2 Chron 15:2 AMP

In the New Testament, the Greek word used is zeteo, which means “to worship, desire, endeavor, inquire”.

Jesus used it in Matthew 7:7“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.”

The main point of the verb “seek” is that it involves continuous action on our part. It isn’t just going to church or tossing up a prayer when things are really bad. The one who seeks God is one who is an active participant in the life of the Kingdom. He/She is consistent in church – obeys God in the tithe – spends daily time in God’s Word/Prayer/Worship.

Although those things do not save us… they are a part of seeking Him.
Without them – we may make it to heaven – but the journey won’t be as sweet!

 
Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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