“Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” Amos 3:6-8 (KJV)
Amos was a contemporary prophet with Isaiah, Hosea, and others. It is not known if they all knew one another or not, but I would not be surprised if they did. They were burdened for their people. I want us to think about these words written by Amos. Like most of the prophets of God, no one wanted to hear what they had to say, but a prophet of God has a mandate from God to speak the word of God, whether anyone will listen and hear or not.
Trumpets were used in Jerusalem for various reasons. (1) Warning for which the prophet speaks above. (2) Calling assemblies. (3) Calling the tribes together, and they would give a distinguishing sound for each purpose, and the people recognized and knew which sound was for what.
Warning was what the prophet Amos was giving. He was the sound of the trumpet. There is a time to be afraid. The time for the people of God to fear is when we get away from God, because we no longer love Him, His Son, and no longer hear and do His commandments; in that order. Hear what Jesus the Son of God, God the Son; our Savior says about this…
If ye love Me, keep My commandments. John 14:15
If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. John 15:10
It is not good for the child of God to fear; but when we get away from God, loving Him and His commandments, then we had better fear, be afraid, and get on our knees in repentance; then we can get up and face the wicked world without fear. We can know that God has it all in hand. We will know that the evil, and calamity, afflictions, injustices, lack of peace, are all in His hands and that He will work it all out for His glory and our good.
We can know too, that everything that God will do, or is doing His prophets will be speaking forward to His people. Besides that; most of what God; if not all of what God is doing in the world is revealed to us through the written book called the Bible. There is no new word from God.
People of God… It is best that we fear God, or we will fear everything else. When we fear God, we will fear nothing else.
God has made a way for us to enter His holy, righteous presence; and that is through the death of Jesus His Son on the cross, His burial, and resurrection. You have sinned against holy God. Receive His gift of salvation, and come into His presence.