4 Thus says the LORD, “For three transgressions of Judah and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they rejected the law of the LORD And have not kept His statutes; Their lies also have led them astray, Those after which their fathers walked. 5 “So I will send fire upon Judah And it will consume the citadels of Jerusalem.”
The prophet Amos opens up his book by announcing judgement on various nations. The judgement of each nation all begin with “For three transgressions (nation) and for four”. Each nation had wrong before God and He had ample reasons to bring judgement against them. Sadly most nations today do as well.
In my country, we have committed many transgressions. We sacrifice baby lives in the name of convenience. We accept things detestable to God, as normal things. We constantly use the name of the Lord in vain. We reward some people for bad behavior, in fact we encourage it. We deny the Word of God, instead we accept the word of men. For three transgressions of the United States of America and for four, God will one day pour out His judgement and wrath. We deserve it. But because God is, who He is, He offers us a chance. We must repent and return to God. We must accept His Word and law and not man’s. We must be a voice for the voiceless and speak up for those who are weakest in the womb. We must encourage good behavior and reward it.
We will face judgement unless we repent. Our only hope is the grace of God. Wake up America!
Dear God, help us turn from our wicked ways. Help us to return to You. We deserve Your judgement and wrath, but You are our only hope. I deserved judgement and wrath, but by Your grace I am saved from it. Help me to speak for the voiceless. Amen.