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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 10, 2019

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TUESDAY, December 10

Amos 7:14-15 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’”

Who says you need an education, credentials, and a respectable backstory to speak for God? Certainly the Holy One of Israel never says this. If anything, the story of scripture proves the exact opposite.

Amos is not a prophet. He’s not even the son or grandson or nephew of one. He tends his flock, prunes the trees, and minds his business…until the call. You can practically see him jump when he hears the voice of God saying, Amos, I’m talking to you. Let’s go.

Prophets like Amos are surprised to be drafted by God. The Bible is full of these stories. God enjoys working with simple folk who know the only way they can do something amazing is if God is working in them.

MOVING FORWARD: When you feel especially weak or ill equipped, keep your ears and eyes open. God is calling.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Sialkot (Pakistan) and Egba West (Nigeria)

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39 | Amos 7:10-17 | Revelation 1:9-16 | Matthew 22:34-46

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