Get Out of Here, Stop Prophesying
Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words. For this is what Amos is saying: ” ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land.’ ” Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there. Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.” Amos 7:10-13
Do you ever feel like Amaziah the priest? God is speaking to you, but you don’t want to hear Him. Instead, you rely on your stature or the works of your hands. No Lord, I don’t need your correction – I’m good. Look, Lord, I teach Sunday School, or I lead a Bible study, or I feed the homeless. Those are all good actions, but what God really wants is your heart, then everything else will fall into place.