Put your hands over your ears and shout, “La la la!”
Reference: “Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”” Amos 7:13 NIV
Explore: I love watching children play when they do something very socially inappropriate but what many adults would like to do from time to time. Putting their hands over their ears and shouting, “La la la!” is one of those things.
For a child to act so appallingly we just roll our eyes or shake our heads. But can you imagine someone doing that in a business meeting?!
And yet it does happen.
Sure, a business person wearing a suit isn’t about to put their hands over their ears and yell out some inane chatter. But they can be selective in their hearing or make it difficult for some people to speak up.
In fact, we can all be selective in our hearing at times.
Application: When Amos was trying to forewarn God’s people about the direction they were taking, they didn’t want to hear it. Even some people who were supposedly wise for that time were wanting Amos to shut his mouth.
That is one of the most challenging parts of being a prophet. Often people do not want to hear what you have to say.
So, who did Amos listen to, the people or God? Amos stayed true to God’s voice and continued to speak truth into a time leading to disaster.
It is not our decision as to how people will hear, but it is our choice as to whether we will speak up or not.
Prayer: Lord, give us Your courage to speak up. May we draw from Your words and declare Your truth in all we do. Amen.
What are you being called to speak up about?
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.