Applications of Amos 1) Has wealth, the ease of life, the possession of things, the pursuit of happiness let to complacency in your worship? Are you worshiping God His way or your way?
2) Review the list of Israel's sins. Are you guilty of any of these? According to what you read in Amos, could Israel or the others nations sin and not reap the consequences? Can you?
3) What is the purpose of God's judgments? When God decides to judge, what can we do? What can we expect?
Amos Themes of Application
Amos pronounced judgment from on all the surrounding nations. Then he included Judah and Israel. God is in supreme control of all the nations. Everyone is accountable to him.
All people will have to account for their sin. When those who reject. God seem to get ahead, don’t envy their prosperity or feel sorry for yourself. remember that we all must answer to God for how we live.
Everyone was optimistic, business was booming, and people were happy (except for the poor and oppressed). With all the comfort and luxury came self-sufficiency and a false sense of security. But prosperity brought corruption and destruction.
A complacent present leads to a disastrous future. Don’t congratulate yourself for the blessings and benefits you now enjoy. They are from God. If you are more satisfied with yourself than with God, remember that everything is meaningless without him. A self-sufficient attitude may be your downfall.
The wealthy and powerful people of Samaria, the capital of Israel, had become prosperous, greedy, and unjust. Illegal and immoral slavery came as the result of over-taxation and land-grabbing. There was also cruelty and indifference toward the poor. God is weary of greed and will not tolerate injustice.
God mode all people; therefore, to ignore the poor is to ignore those whom God loves and whom Christ came to save. We must go beyond feeling bad for the poor and oppressed. We must act compassionately to stop injustice and to help care for those in need.
Although many people had abandoned real faith in God, they still pretended to be religious. They were carrying on superficial religious exercises instead of having spiritual integrity and practicing heartfelt obedience toward God.
Merely participating in ceremony or ritual falls short of true religion. God wants simple trust in him, not showy external action. Don’t settle for impressing others with external rituals when God wants heartfelt obedience and commitment.