Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Amos 5:18-19

"Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness and not light.
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him."
Amos 5:18-19

This is pretty powerful, and some good imagery. This could be talking about Christ's earthly ministry only, but I'm guessing it probably also applies to his second coming. ... Sometimes I think that I do look forward to "the day of the Lord" because it seems like with the Lord around, anything would be better than it is now... but here we are warned against thinking that way. Maybe when I think it, it is more of a cop-out, trying to avoid my responsibilities to improve my life now, or the world and society the way it is. Perhaps we all feel like that at times... wishing we could skip to the end and not have the middle chapters where the hero climbs the mountain and wrestles the anaconda... yikes! Better to skip to the happy ending. And God is just warning us that there are worse than anacondas out there, and please don't wish for the end when we haven't prepared ourselves for it by living through the middle chapters... where the hero also gets stronger and better and purer by going through that middle stuff. The world also gets better, because as we are taught in the scriptures over and over... one person, with God, *can* make a difference, and by living our lives and building Zion, we do that. Today, let's focus on the middle chapter we're in. Let's be the heroes we should be, making the world better, saving the people around us, and generally doing good. :)

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