Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?Amos 3:3(NASB)
For centuries the nation of Israel had been called to turn back to the Lord and many prophets of God had trumpeted the warning to repent of their sins, to return to the Lord and to turn from their wicked ways.
God had made a conditional covenant with His people Israel. He promised to bless them, if they would walk in His ways and obey His statues.. but He warned of judgement if Israel rejected His ways, despised His ordinances and turned from trusting in Him.
God's chosen people had wandered far from their God and He used a number of illustrations through the prophet Amos, that pose the question, can two walk together unless they are agreed? - a question that believers in this dispensation should also consider.
Unlike Israel we are not under a conditional covenant that results in blessings for obedience and cursings for disobedience, - for Christ took all the punishment for our rebellion and sin upon Himself, when He became sin for us.
Christ was judged for our sins so that we might live as unto the Lord and walk through our Christian life with Him. Christ took upon Himself the curse of the Law - so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, by grace through faith.
But we can resist the Spirit of God and grieve Him - and we can quench the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives when we try to live the Christian life and walk the Christian way - in our own strength and not in total dependence upon Him.
How important therefore to examine ourselves to see if we are living by faith, walking in spirit, appropriating His truth, praying without ceasing, giving thanks in all things, trusting God's Word and depending on His faithfulness in all things.
Heavenly Father, thank You that I have been saved by grace through trusting in Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Help me to live in a manner that is pleasing to you - to walk in truth and love - to pray without ceasing, to give thanks in all things,, to trust in Your Word and to depend on You through time and into eternity - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN