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Read Amos 6

Woe to the Complacent

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
    and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
    to whom the people of Israel come!
Go to Kalneh and look at it;
    go from there to great Hamath,
    and then go down to Gath in Philistia.
Are they better off than your two kingdoms?
    Is their land larger than yours?
You put off the day of disaster
    and bring near a reign of terror.
You lie on beds adorned with ivory
    and lounge on your couches.
You dine on choice lambs
    and fattened calves.
You strum away on your harps like David
    and improvise on musical instruments.
You drink wine by the bowlful
    and use the finest lotions,
    but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;
    your feasting and lounging will end.

The Lord Abhors the Pride of Israel

The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself—the Lord God Almighty declares:

“I abhor the pride of Jacob
    and detest his fortresses;
I will deliver up the city
    and everything in it.”

If ten people are left in one house, they too will die. 10 And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them asks anyone who might be hiding there, “Is anyone else with you?” and he says, “No,” then he will go on to say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”

11 For the Lord has given the command,
    and he will smash the great house into pieces
    and the small house into bits.

12 Do horses run on the rocky crags?
    Does one plow the sea with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison
    and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness—
13 you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar
    and say, “Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?”

14 For the Lord God Almighty declares,
    “I will stir up a nation against you, Israel,
that will oppress you all the way
    from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah.”

Go Deeper

Amos 6 picks up where Amos 5 leaves off. This chapter is another warning to the Israelites who have grown complacent. They were indulging in the comforts of the world, just like their pagan neighbors, and they were blind to their own downfall. Here Amos is essentially saying, “To those of Israel who are lazy, selfish, undisciplined, and self-indulgent come these future woes!” The Israelites wanted to have their cake and eat it too. They wanted to live like the rest of the world and have the favor of God at the same time, but that’s not how God intended for them to live. 

Charles Spurgeon, the nineteenth century British preacher, said this about their complacency (or “ease”): “A carnal ease, a fleshly security, it is not the confidence of a man who is pardoned, but the ease of a hardened wretch who has learned to despise the gibbet…It is not the calm of soul at peace with God, but the ease of a madman, who, because he has hidden his sin from his own eyes, thinks he has concealed it from God.” They weren’t living with gratitude; entitlement had set in. The Israelites weren’t seeking rest and refuge in God; they had simply drifted from His commands and into dangerous patterns of laziness, procrastination, and self-indulgence. . 

Our God is surely one of rest, a God who desires to rejuvenate His people. Jesus tells us to come to Him for our rest to be satisfied (Matthew 11:28-29). God ensures rest for His people to help them avoid future disobedience (Hebrews 4:9-11). God graciously affords us insight into the beautiful rest in eternity we are to experience (Revelation 4:9-11). There is a vast dichotomy between the false rest of the gluttonous and the heavenly rest provided by our Creator within His infinite generosity and love.

Let this passage serve as a reminder to us that God loves His people, but he detests their (and our) pride. May we seek humility today and find our rest in Him


  1. Is your rest found in the security of your life in Jesus, or in the distraction of earthly things?
  2. Do you feel consistently rested? Do you set apart time for rest? 
  3. What areas of your life have you removed God from? Where can you let him in?

Pray This

“Jesus, show me how to find my rest in You. Show me Your great love and character. Make it my only security. Help me to know You better and love You more. Reveal the areas of my life that are privileged, entitled, and calloused. Tear them down and build up pillars of praise for You. This is the real satisfaction and rest that I desire. Father, you are good and faithful. Lead me into more.

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4 thoughts on “Amos 6”

  1. Complacency, false security, a reign of terror— these were found in abundance in both Israel & Judah.
    Amos’ message is clear, God’s kingdom has no place for selfishness or indifference. How do we decipher if we are falling into these traps? It begins with pressing pause on our hectic schedules and entering into REST. I love beginning the day reciting The Lord’s Prayer,
    “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”
    Entering into rest requires intentionality. These 3 steps shared by JP can weave new rhythms into our lives:
    DIVERT daily
    WITHDRAW weekly
    ABANDON annually
    Psalm 46:10 proclaims “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth.”

  2. I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold
    I’d rather be His than have riches untold
    I’d rather have Jesus than houses or land
    I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

    Than to be the king of a vast domain
    And be held in sin’s dread sway
    I’d rather have Jesus than anything
    This world affords today

    I’d rather have Jesus than worldly applause
    I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause
    I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame
    Yes, I’d rather be true to His holy name

      1. I personally struggle with rest. I do not rest well in Jesus nor in every day life. I struggle with enough time to do what I feel like I am supposed to do in one day. Today’s question are very hard for me to answer.

        God thank you for loving me. God thank you for showing me better how to rest in You!!! I am so thankful that even when I haven’t stopped to rest You show me th as t I need to. God forgive me. In Jesus name amen

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