Thursday, November 9, 2017
Amos 5:18: Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD?
Many people think, "God will take into account with me that I tried. I mean, I really tried to be good. I think God will accept my intentions to want to do right by Him. True, I hardly ever followed through on my intentions. But it's the thought that counts, right?"
So if you think like this above that the "day of the LORD" will be a relatively nice day, you're in for a rude awakening. If you thought that the "day of the LORD" will be uneventful, you've got another thing coming.
The day of the LORD will be this day that is dark, dank, painful, and down right ugly. You think that real life is not fun, what till you catch up the the day of the LORD.
The day of the LORD is a day that will not go we, especially for those who do not believe in Jesus and His saving grace. Read from our verse today through verse 24. It will not be pretty.
What will make the day of the LORD tolerable? It's easy. "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved."
Believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man, saved you from your sins, the influence of Satan, and from hell. Jesus, because He was the only one who walked a perfect life in obedience to the will of Father. The ONLY ONE! You nor I can or will we. Jesus was the perfect life so that through His life we will have life. Believe that Jesus did that for you. Jesus also died on the cross to be the curse that comes from failing to obey the entire law of God perfectly. Jesus was cursed because He died on the cross. Jesus was the perfect and final sacrifice that God the Father needs in order to forgive you of your sins. When you believe in what Jesus did, you are forgiven. There is no more reason to say what you said earlier. Because of Jesus, you are forgiven, you are renewed, and you are washed clean by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus.
So when you believe in Jesus, the day of the LORD is no longer a day you dread. You look forward to it because Jesus gave you life. Holy Spirit, lead me to believe that Jesus saved me so that I will live with You, Jesus, and the Father, Amen.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.