From Riches to Rags

To read the Bible in a year, read Amos 4-6.
Rags-to-riches stories inspire us, but we also need to hear the opposite. The Samaritan women of the generation of Amos needed to know that in their wealth, they could lose it all, that situations can change dramatically and unexpectedly. Amos told them,
Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria,
Who oppress the poor,
Who crush the needy,
Who say to your husbands, “Bring wine, let us drink!” (Amos 4:1)
They enjoyed luxury while oppressing others. God saw it all. Therefore, God said of them,
“Behold, the days shall come upon you When He will take you away with fishhooks,
And your posterity with fishhooks.” (Amos 4:2)
So then, rather than a secure home and city, they would go through broken walls as captives to another land (Amos 4:3). When everything is going well, we have a hard time imagining going from riches to rags, but it has happened, it happens, and it will happen again.
Do you live in luxury at someone else’s expense?

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