Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph. Amos 5:14-15
The prophecies of Amos not only call out the evils of the northern tribes, but are an urgent call to Israel to repent. The time is coming that the Lord will bring judgment to Israel in the form of defeat to the Assyrians and captivity in a foreign land for many of Israel’s people. The time for judgment is not yet, so the people still have time to repent, and pray that God will have mercy on them. Even today in our lives this scenario could be playing out. Is there something the Lord has been warning you about? An attitude? A pattern of actions? Sin? You haven’t turned to God in repentance. Deep down you may know you should. If you would confess and repent, the Lord is faithful and just to forgive you your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. He may even have mercy on you so you suffer no consequences. If this is you, don’t delay, don’t get carried off to “captivity.” You want to be free of bondage, so don’t hesitate. Do it now.