Amos 6: Too Comfortable for Our Own Good
It is incredibly easy for all of us to get complacent, and as we see with the people of Israel in Amos 6, it is a dangerous thing to fall into.
Amo 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;
Amo 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
Amo 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
Amo 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
These people are not worried about the affliction of Joseph. There is a little bit of dispute as to what that affliction truly is, but I think the implications for all of us are rather clear. These people are more concerned with their comforts and relaxation then they are always the problem generally on around them.
I’m not saying that comfort is a bad thing, but I am saying that there are things that are more important than our earthly comfort.
I think about a modern example. I think about the persecution of the church around the world. There are plenty of places where being a Christian is a legitimate threat to your life. Here in America, our situation is not nearly that difficult.
It would kind of be like us hearing about the affliction that our brothers and sisters have around the world and simply lying back on our comfortable couches and not even caring. We don’t talk want to even acknowledge that there are problems around the world because we are too complacent in our own comfort.
Again, comfort is not a bad thing in and of itself, but we cannot allow it to become so obsessive that we don’t see anything that is going on around us. We don’t want to miss out on the affliction of our family because we are simply too relaxed to look up.