The prophets show us who God is and what He wants from His people. The truth about God’s word, when we approach it humbly, is that it challenges us....all of us. Inevitably, God will open our eyes to things we have come to believe and live that are out of step with who He is and what His purposes are. Amos brought God’s word to people and they were very angry because they felt he was incorrect in his estimation of who God is and his judgement of their beliefs and behavior. (They were so angry, in fact, that they killed him.) The truth was that Amos wasn’t saying anything new about God, it’s just that the people had, over time, come to think of God differently. Amos is as likely to offend our sensibilities about how we believe and live as he did the people in his day. There are parts of God that we might have forgotten about over the years, which Amos brings to light. May we be receptive to God’s word brought to us through the prophet Amos.