“Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings. And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small. The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD” (Amos 7:1-3)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things that most people fail to realize is how much God loved Israel. They were nothing special, yet they were His chosen to fulfill His promise to Abraham. But they became a rebellious and stiff-necked people who went against His way. And so they often found themselves suffering for their wrong. God created grasshoppers to show Amos His judgement against Israel who had deemed themselves as grasshoppers (Numbers 13:33). God also opens our eyes and lets us see Himself, framing the punishment for those who desert from His way. Grasshoppers can be mighty and used in God’s good purpose, or He can use them for destruction as well. Israel saw themselves as grasshoppers in a weakness, but God saw them in power. Because they failed to obey, God revealed one of the things He would use to judge them. You must never have a grasshopper mentality, unless it is being used in unity for God’s purpose.
Sing: Victory ahead! Victory ahead! Through the Blood of Jesus, victory ahead; trusting in the Lord, I hear the conqueror’s tread, by faith I see the victory ahead.
Thought For Today: You must never have a grasshopper mentality unless it is being used in unity for God’s purpose (Parker).