Anguished by a vision of the coming judgment, Amos interceded for the people by crying out for God’s mercy, and God relented. Alistair Begg shows us how this passage reveals the sovereignty of God, the security of true believers, and the power and mystery of prayer. When God relents in response to prayer, it is not because He is indecisive or indifferent to sin, but because He is faithful and patient and desires our repentance.
The Lion's Roar
Amos was not a learned man, but a shepherd from a small town. He was not an innovator; he simply reminded people of facts they already knew. The only remarkable thing about Amos was how unremarkable he was. It was a time of prosperity, corruption, and compromise. God’s people played at religion and toyed with sin. God used Amos to remind His people that religious profession was meaningless unless accompanied by obedience, holiness, and wholehearted worship. He warned them that while God was merciful, He was running out of patience.
In this series, Alistair Begg explains why the prophetic words of Amos remain relevant to today’s Church, which often focuses on religious experiences while denying the truths of biblical doctrine and reduces biblical imperatives to personal options. Like Amos, Alistair urges us to align our worship and lifestyles with the truth of Scripture and renew our relationship with God today, knowing that His judgment is imminent.