... to get us to be obedient to God's call in our lives? Have you ever asked yourself that?
As I was reading through Amos - yes, I will soon be in the New Testament (YIPPEE!) - the other day, I came across a portion of scripture where God, through Amos is marvelling over the stubbornness of His people. Okay, I don't know if He was "marvelling", but I was. As we read through Amos 4, God is listing all of the things He has done to try to change their behavior. Five times (Amos 4:6,8,9,10,11) you find the phrase "yet have ye not returned to me, saith the LORD." Five times. Do you think God is trying to make a point here?
What "plagues' are you going through right now? I can think of a few of my own. Have you ever stopped to think that the "plague" was there so you would seek out God? It takes awhile for me to see that sometimes. Whatever trouble we are in (and really, BEFORE trouble sets in), we should seek God, like water in a dry land. When we are "hungry and thirsty" for something or someone, most likely we are missing the One who alone can satisfy. If we are missing something, are we seeking the kingdom of God first? Why not? I dunno.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Mt 6:33)
Wouldn't it be great if we never left God? Not for one minute of ANY day? Oh, to have that kind of discipline! Then we would never have to return to Him because we would have never left! My prayer of late is this:
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. (Ps 63:1-3)