People bring them an item hoping for an evaluation of its worth.
Reference: ““What do you see, Amos?” he asked. “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered. Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.” Amos 8:2 NIV
Explore: Antique Roadshow is a quirky TV show that has antique experts going around the country inspecting people’s valuables. People bring them an item from their home, hoping for an evaluation of its worth.
For some people the item is priceless. It was handed down through generations of loved ones and it holds historical significance to the owner.
Other items, people are just keen to find out if it has any monetary value at all. The idea of some quick cash is much more appealing than having some old item collecting dust.
Often the view of the owner is very different to that of the antique expert. They see the item in a very different light.
Application: This is often the case with God too. We may look at certain people and judge them on their outward appearance. Whereas God looks at their hearts.
Back in the day of the prophet Amos, it seemed like the Israelites were really flourishing. And yet, according to God and His laws, they were constantly going against God’s plans for them.
We mustn’t compare ourselves to others, or try to align our values with those of the world, but look to God as our guide. He will see in us the things that are truly valuable and worthy.
Prayer: Lord, may we line up with what You consider important and valuable, rather than seeking judgment from the rest of the world. Amen.
How do align your value to that which God sees as important?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.