Amos 5:6a - Seek God And Live!

Amos 5:6a; Seek God And Live!

Seek the LORD, and ye shall live. Amos 5:6a (KJV)

There are many whose hearts are aching under a load of care
because they seek to reach the world's standard. They have chosen its
service, accepted its perplexities, adopted its customs. Thus their
character is marred, and their life made a weariness. In order to gratify
ambition and worldly desires, they wound the conscience, and bring upon
themselves an additional burden of remorse. The continual worry is wearing
out the life forces. Our Lord desires them to lay aside this yoke of
bondage.  He invites them to accept His yoke; He says, "My yoke is easy,
and My burden is light." He bids them seek first the kingdom of God
and His righteousness, and His promise is, that all things needful
to them for this life shall be added. Worry is blind, and cannot
discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning.  In every
difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Our Heavenly Father has
a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing.
Those who accept the one principle of making the service and honor of
God supreme, will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before
their feet. DA330

A union with Christ by living faith is enduring; every other
union must perish. Christ first chose us, paying an infinite price for
our redemption; and the true believer chooses Christ as first and
last and best in everything. But this union costs us something. It is
a union of utter dependence, to be entered into by a proud being.
All who form this union must feel their need of the atoning blood of
Christ. They must have a change of heart. They must submit their own
will to the will of God. There will be a struggle with outward and
internal obstacles. There must be a painful work of detachment as well as
a work of attachment. Pride, selfishness, vanity, worldliness--sin
in all its forms--must be overcome if we would enter into a union
with Christ. The reason why many find the Christian life so
deplorably hard, why they are so fickle, so variable, is that they try to
attach themselves to Christ without first detaching themselves from
these cherished idols.
After the union with Christ has been formed, it can be preserved
only by earnest prayer and untiring effort. We must resist, we must
deny, we must conquer self. Through the grace of Christ, by courage,
by faith, by watchfulness, we may gain the victory. 5T231

There is one sure remedy for a world that is sick and dying in
sin--"seek the LORD and live." Sin seeks to destroy, but hope is found in
seeking God. In times of difficulty, seek God. In personal discomfort
and struggle, seek God. When others are struggling, encourage them
to seek God too. [Life Application SB]