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“When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?”

“When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?”   (Amos 3:6)

 In God’s Word, trumpet blasts were used for a variety of reasons. Some were to celebrate, some were to call the people to assemble, and some were warnings and alarms. Can you here the alarm of today’s trumpet blasts? I believe that all that is happening today… hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and fires, terrorist attacks, violence and international crises are all trumpet blasts from God to wake up the church and be ready. We should be like the men of Issachar, under King David, who understood the times and knew what to do.

But the good news is, as Ezra prayed, we have a little space of Grace, a temporary window of opportunity in which to stand in this generation and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be ready. But are we listening? In our devotional Scripture today, Amos cried out that when the trumpet alarms are the people responding… listening… trembling?

This is a time for the church of Jesus Christ to rise up and to be no longer marginalized in this society and to no longer be quiet. We have what the world needs… we have the antidote to a sick and perverse culture… and His Name is Jesus! Also, it is a time to put away petty differences and offenses and to truly love one another… to put on love… a love that others will see and be drawn to Christ. But we must also live holy! Let the Holy Spirit do a deep work and cleanse us of anything in our heart that would hold us back. Just because we may be going through a difficult and painful time is no excuse to feel entitled to sin! And lastly, don’t neglect Him. Put Jesus first as you spend time with Him, pray, read the Word, meditate on Him, worship and praise Him. Your answer is in His presence!

So let’s heed the sound of the trumpets and rise up as the church of Jesus Christ and trust in His love and keeping power. Read Psalm 91 today and stay there for a while!