December 31 – The Lord God of Hosts

“For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind and declares to man what are His thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness and treads on the high places of the earth, the Lord God of hosts is His name.” – Amos 4:13 (NASB)

Before Amos began prophesying, he had been one of the “shepherds” of Tekoa, a town in the hill country of Judah about. It was the Northern Kingdom of Israel, to whom Amos’ message was directed. Amos, was called to prophesy in Israel and the message God gave him was primarily one of judgment, though it ended with words of hope. Like Israel in In the middle of the 8th century B.C., we must meet our God in judgment; but if we try to face God upon our good deeds, we shall not be able to stand before Him. If we would prepare to meet our God, we must now meet him in Christ Jesus, the eternal Son of the Father, who came to save lost sinners. We must seek Him while he is to be found. Our verse reveals the God whom we must be prepared to face. He is the Lord God Almighty. Our Sovereign God who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17), who created the mountains and the winds and who can turn the dawn back to darkness, this eternal omnipotent God is who only Jesus can prepare us to stand before Him (Jude 1:24-25).


August 05 – The Order of All Things 

“Thus says the Lord,
who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name:
“If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the Lord,

then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” – Jeremiah 31:35-36 (ESV)
Jeremiah was the prophet God sent to delivered many messages to the people of Israel and Judah prior and during the time Babylon conquered Judah, sacked Jerusalem and exiled most of the population. Besides the many dire warnings, there were promises of blessings also. God promised restoration, a new covenant in chapter 31. To seal its authenticity, God affirms it by the unchangeable order He established of the earth and the heavens. If the light of the sun and moon, and the tides of the sea were to cease, then Israel would cease to be a nation before Him. But such is NOT possible, the order of the Earth was set by God and it is fixed. So too, the promises of God are sure and no force can change them. What God has promised is as sure as the sun rising in the morning, setting in the evening, and the moon continuing its order of controlling the tides and ocean waves. Because God holds creation in His hand in perfect order and for His name’s sake will not abandon it. Let’s trust because our God is a promise maker and keeper.