“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” -Amos 3:7-8
As we read the book of Amos this week, you’ll notice a lot of foreshadowing as God warns the people of Israel of the judgement their future holds for the iniquities they committed.
We often get the same warnings. They’re not always out of the mouth of a prophet, but God is faithful in giving us a chance to fix our ways before the consequences rain down upon us. It’s the moment after you said something you wish you could take back in a heated argument, but your pride holds you back. And then things begin to fall apart in that relationship and you wish you had taken that moment to say you’re sorry and to mend the broken fences before it was too late. It’s the red flags in a new relationship that warn of danger ahead.
In our spiritual lives, the Holy Spirit also gives us warning signs when we’re about to wander off His path. But we only hear the warnings if we’re listening. And the warnings are only effective if we obey.
So, how do you hear or see these warnings? First, you must be on the same wave length to be able to hear. That means regular Bible study and prayer. Second, when you know the word of God, you can more easily spot when something is a fraud. Third, be open to the input of people in your life – often times our friends and family can spot red flags in our relationships, careers, friendships, and health. Overall though, it’s about having a pliable heart that is wiling to listen and obey.