In our study of Amos chapter three, we will look at the principle of cause & effect and apply it to our walk with Christ. We will look at seven common sense questions that God asked His people to get them to understand the error of their ways.
"Hear this word the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel - against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt: 'You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.'" NIV translation
In chapter two, we saw that the prophet warned Israel of the coming judgment on them that was due to their idolatry. Now, God begins to explain a little more about the reason for the coming discipline. He reminds them that, out of all the people on the earth, they were chosen to be His people. That privilege created responsibility and they had failed in that responsibility to remain true to God.
"Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?" NIV translation
God gives Amos a series of seven questions to ask the people to get them to understand the principle of cause & effect and the answers to them are obvious. If two people are going to walk together they must agree on the direction that they are going to go. If they do not and one man goes one way while the other goes the opposite direction, they are no longer walking together. Israel had agreed to be led by God and to follow in His direction when He delivered them from slavery in Egypt but, now, they were walking in their own direction and it was not the direction of God.
The same principle holds true in our daily walk with the Lord. When we come to faith in Christ, we agree that He knows the direction that we should be going and we agree to go in that direction with Him. We cannot say that we are walking with Him if we are going to go in another direction. That agreement to walk with Him in His direction is known as repentance. We must understand that God will not change directions and so we must decide to go His way.