Our Lord wants us all to receive this message. He wants us to be prepared to meet Him at His day and it is very near. How He wants us to be prepared? Amos 6:3-6 (Read also Amos 8:4-8)
“Woe to you who put far off the day of doom, Who cause the seat of violence to come near; 4 Who lie on beds of ivory, Stretch out on your couches, Eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall; 5 Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments, And invent for yourselves musical instruments like David; 6 Who drink wine from bowls, And anoint yourselves with the best ointments, But are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.”
This is a strong message from the Lord to all who are blessed with earthly blessings. For us to be prepared, one thing Holy Spirit is pointing out is the last verse “But are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.” Joseph was helpless when his brothers caught him. He cried and screamed for help and there is no one to rescue. He was sold as a slave, and brought by Potiphar who is a rich man with authority. Later to safe guard his holiness before the LORD, he went to prison to be afflicted. This is the plight of Joseph in captivity. The question here is whether his brothers remembered him in his captivity. Did they went and visited him in the prison? Did they try to rescue him, or did they slip it through their thoughts? Many today like Joseph are helpless and crying for help. The rich and the powerful oppress many. Did we took some time and asked God what we need to do for those who are among our midst that are oppressed and needy?
The message from the Lord for us is to consider those who are afflicted. The scripture says in many places that we need to attend the needs of the fatherless, widows and those who are oppressed. Ps 82:3 says ‘Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.’ We can do many things in our abundance, we can enjoy life and take it for granted, but whatever we do, we must not forget that we have to stand before the Lord one day. That day is very near, and because of His love, God warns us that we should not stand in front of Him without this consideration to the afflicted, which is expressed in truth and not with hypocrisy.
This message is a very clear indication of where we are lacking the most in the preparation to meet our Lord. If we do not have assurance on this, let us fall before the Lord, ask His guidance in this area, and prepare ourselves for His coming. The good place to start is Isaiah 58th chapter on how we can grieve for the afflicted and the needy.
Isa 58: 6-7 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?”