I must admit that my family is addicted to technology. On any given night, my husband and I can be found looking at our phones. At the same time, our kids are playing a game on the X-box or surfing the Internet. Although we are all together, we are not spending genuine time with one another or helping the community.
Is this what God meant when showing Amos a basket of summer fruit? That like summer fruit that withers and turns rotten, our lives are being wasted on distractions and false beliefs? God is not happy with the people of Israel because they have become complacent in following God’s way. They have turned to false gods and disobeying the Sabbath. They have become obsessed with making lots of money and treating one another very poorly.
I recently read somewhere that in order to live according to God’s word, we must know God’s Word. It had a profound impact on me. I do read the Bible, but do I really understand it? How can I live as a faithful Christian if I don’t know what is expected of me? Perhaps our family can set aside the technology and open the Bible together.
Oh Lord, may we close our minds to thoughts of selfishness and open our hearts to the scriptures. Amen. — JR