Our text about thoughtfulness today is found in Amos 6:1-6. Being thoughtful about what God wants us to do includes being thoughtful about priorities.
In our text God pronounces woe on those who act blissfully ignorant of the awful spiritual conditions of their own people. They were not asking themselves if God was happy with them. They were not examining themselves in regard to keeping the law of God.
They “put far away the evil day.” That is, they were willingly thoughtless about the spiritual tragedy around them. They acted as if everything was fine and that there would never be a day of consequences for their selfishness. They lived lives of self-indulgence and not lives of service to God. They lived for pleasure with their thoughts being about themselves and trivial matters rather than the spiritual.
You might ask, what did God expect them to do? What can one or two persons do if the majority does not care? How can we change a nation, a church, our extended family or friends?
Maybe it is true that we cannot effectively change the majority to righteousness. But like Noah, Jeremiah, Micaiah or Amos, we can glorify God by our own faithfulness. We plan each day by asking what God wants us to do. We can raise a ruckus in people’s minds by trying to get them thinking about their condition. We can die trying.
God wants us to have a pleasant life and a good life (Jn. 10:10; 1 Pet. 3:10). But more importantly, he wants us to have eternal life.
He does not allow us, in order to have that pleasant and comfortable physical life, to ignore the problems that are going on around us. He not only wants us to notice them, he expects us to think about and act upon a solution.
We must see with open eyes, hearing with listening ears, act with a heart of understanding, penitence, compassion and truthfulness. The beggar at our gates, the blind man in the street, the sinner next door, the overtaken in the pew, and Satan’s ministers in our pulpits or our churches must all be a part of the things we think about and act to resolve.
Our judgment is based upon thoughtfulness about people’s needs (Matt. 25:31-46). Our faithfulness is gauged by our unwillingness to allow sin in our church or our pulpit (1 Cor. 5:1-13; 11:19).
Let us always be thinking about the ways we can glorify God and build His church.
—Mike Glenn (article originally titled, “At Ease in Zion.”)