May 18, 2011 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Lem MagHamil, Gracepoint San Diego

Amos 2:6-8

What can I learn about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed? God is concerned about the poor and the oppressed.  God is willing to send down wrath upon those who are unjust towards the needy.  Though the rest of the world sees the poor as people to use and step on God has a completely different view and sees them as precious.  The rich and powerful in the world see the poor as commodities to be bought and sold but God stands up for them and shows how he values all people .

Reflect on the plight of the spiritually poor and the spiritually oppressed.  What is God’s heart toward them? God’s heart for the spiritually poor and oppressed is the same as the physically poor and needy.  Those who are spiritually poor think in ways of the physically poor of the world.  They may view themselves as worthless, alone and un-cared for.  The spiritually poor who are enslaved to various sins and habits experience hopelessness and desire redemption.  I can remember that my life before Christ was filled with addictions and sins.  I wanted a way out and even prayed for deliverance, but at the same time I went back to my sin again and again.  Feelings of being a “loser” or “no-body” would fill me.  God’s response to the spiritually poor is His response to all needy and oppressed people.  In vv.9-11 God reminds the Israelites of the measures he took to free them.  However the step that precedes the deliverance is God hears the cry of the people and sees their misery and is stirred to action.  He then delivers His people.  I love the illustration that we often use at our church of salvation as a beggar boy adopted into a royal family.  Though our sins defeat us and we are spiritually poor God sees us as His precious children and brings us into His home where there is wealth of forgiveness and love.  This is the heart of the Father that God wants me to develop as I see the many students on campus who are spiritually poor and oppressed.  Though they may look “all- together” on the outside I know there is spiritual bankruptcy within.  I must never forget how hard it was living in my sin and transgression and must never forget the sense of freedom I experienced when I gave my life to Christ.  I was talking with a student this week and he was sharing some of the struggles he faces giving Lordship of every area to God.  I was reminded of very similar struggles in my college years and felt compassion and committed to pray for him through the process of letting go of his life.  From the preface of this week’s DT set, I am reminded that if I am not anguishing over lost souls then it’s a sure sign of spiritual immaturity.  I must never forget that primary on God’s heart is salvation of souls.  It can be too easy to lose that edge because I am experiencing a blessed life in fellowship with God and with the body of Christ.  It would be such a tragedy if I forgot where I came from and the emptiness of my life before meeting Christ.  The motivation for my personal evangelism must be fueled by memories of despair in my broken past and the freedom I experienced once I was saved.  This is the sharp edge I need to maintain through word, prayer and ministry and in this way I can develop God’s heart for the spiritually oppressed all around me.

 

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