22nd May

Complacency is a very dangerous thing it has the ability to derail us.

Dictionary.com’s definition of complacency is:  “A feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc..”

The people Amos is speaking to have become complacent.

We have seen how Amos describes an unjust, self-indulgent social class who ignored their neighbours’ suffering and the nation’s ruin, because they are ignoring God.  The gods of the Assyrians were in their hearts long before the Assyrian army was in their streets.  These people have become a complacent people.  They are so enjoying their comforts, their self-indulgence and their religious ways, that they think they are safe from God’s judgment.  They think they are blessed by God.  But Amos says, in chapter 6 verse 1: “Woe to the complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria.”

Like them, when we focus on accumulating privilege and wealth for personal indulgence; when we ‘play church’; when we exile ourselves from our neighbours and God, we put ourselves in great danger.

For God will humble the proud.

We need to humble ourselves before our saviour, call on him to deliver us.

We need to repent of our obsession with possessions, privilege, property and position.

We need to repent from ‘playing church.’

We need to turn to our Saviour.