The Lord Roars


Let us be confronted by a God who "roars." There is no negotiating with such a God, no cutting of deals -- and if this makes us uncomfortable, it should!


God, You are holy and majestic. Teach me to bow before You in humility and to honor You with reverent fear.


Amos 1:1-10


What does it mean to you to fear the Lord?

Nobody ignores a lion's roar. Heard from up to five miles away, it's an assertion of power and dominance that no one can afford to dismiss.

Amos breaks Hebrew grammar here, putting the subject before the verb; he does so to emphasize that it is the Lord who roars. In a sense, his whole prophecy is that roar, an authoritative demand that God's people had to respect. I wonder if the groaning roar of the earth itself is being claimed as the Lord's roar and thunder from Jerusalem and, thus, as proof of the validity of Amos's prophecy. Much greater than the range of a lion's roar, the Lord's roar thunders across the whole land, reaching even the summit of Mount Carmel nearly a hundred miles away (2).

Let us be confronted by this God who "roars." There is no negotiating with such a God, no cutting of deals. If this makes us uncomfortable, it should. His authority demands our respect and our obedience.


Hebrews 12:10,11 reveals how God disciplines us so "we may share in his holiness." Accept this as an act of love.


Lord, forgive me for seeing Your commands as optional and failing to live in light of Your holiness. Help me honor You.

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