I am back reading The Story after a longer-than-expected Christmas hiatus. If you were following along with me, the last Chapter I blogged on was Chapter 10. I loosely kept up with the next three chapters on our Facebook page, posting sermons, since I didn’t have time to blog. I completely missed Chapter 14. I, myself, am two chapters behind my church. So, I’m going to pick up with Chapter 15, which is the chapter my church is studying and will catch up on the others soon.
Hope you will re-join me. If you haven’t started reading The Story, I welcome you to join us. You can start with the current chapter and read Chapters 1-14 when you have a chance.
Chapter 15 has a lot going on. It focuses on the 2 Kings story of Elijah and Elisha. It is a story full of Biblical symbolism. But, that’s actually not what I’m going to reflect on today.
Reading the Bible is a personal journey. Different verses pop out to different people depending on the mood, stage of life, or hardship that the reader is facing. Reading The Story is no different, since it is a summary of the Bible.
At the end of Chapter 15, the authors interwove God’s words through Amos with the continued waywardness of the kings of Israel. This particular excerpt jumped out at me:
Seek good, not evil,
that you may live.
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
just as you say he is.
Hate evil, love good;
maintain justice in the courts.
Amos 5: 14-15, NIV
Some of you may have the misfortune of knowing a truly evil person. I have had that misfortune. However, over the course of the past year, it has been revealed to me that by conducting myself like a Christian, good has won over evil. Sometimes it was hard. Many times, my husband’s patience would have to reign me in and remind me that we must take the “high road.” I always knew the high road was the right path, but when one is confronting evil head-on, it takes all the prayer and personal restraint one can muster to avoid fighting evil with evil.
Amos lived in a time of abuse of power by the kings, murder, false worship, and sexual immorality. Not much has changed.
We need to be the moral compass. We need to fight evil with good that we may live. Believe me, it’s worth the fight.
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