Summary: To encourage the congregation to prepare to meet God.
Sermon adapted from a sermon by Enoch D. Solomon.
A. A farmer advertised for men to work on his farm but received only one applicant, an eighteen-year-old boy who was asked, "Can you run a tractor?" "No, Sir," replied the youth. "Can you handle a milking machine?" "No, sir I've never worked with one."
B. After several more questions, all with negative answers, the farmer said, "Well, what can you do, young man?" And he answered, "I CAN SLEEP WHEN THE WIND BLOWS."
C. The farmer didn't understand, but neither did he press for an explanation. He needed help so badly that he gave the job to the young man. It was not many days afterward that a storm came up in the middle of the night. The wind began to blow, accompanied by thunder and lightning and rain. The farmer was awakened and ran to the room where the young man was sleeping. There, just as he had said, he was sleeping through the storm. Rather than trying to waken the youth, the farmer himself ran out to the barn to check on the animals and the equipment. He found the doors to the barn tightly shut and bolted. The animals were in their shelters, properly secured. Then he remembered the pile of straw that the wind would be blowing in all directions, but he found it had been covered with canvas and tied down. Everything was secure. ON the way back to the house the farmer remembered what the young man had told him: "I CAN SLEEP WHEN THE WIND BLOWS." And he understood.
E. God had used several means of disciplining the Israelites during this time—drought, famine, crop diseases, locusts, plagues, war, and local catastrophes (v. 11)—and yet the people did not get the message. They had met with God’s disciplines, but the next step was to meet God Himself (v. 12). He was personally coming to judge them.
F. What a tragedy that the people kept living in luxury (vv. 1–3) and carrying out their religious duties but their heart and faith was not in it (vv. 4–5) while ignoring the call of God. It took courage for Amos to call the wealthy women “cows” and to picture them being led away to slaughter. In their comfort and prosperity, the people thought they were immune from judgment, but it came just the same.
G. They simply were not prepared to meet God. What about us? Are we prepared to meet our God?
I. We each must meet Him.
A. There are a thousand things we can refrain from doing. Men can refuse to pray; refuse to read the Bible, refuse to repent and reform their ways; refuse to make confession of Christ, refuse to worship God: but there is one thing we cannot refuse to do,—we cannot refuse to meet God. The call of death all must hear and obey.
1. Heb 9:27, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,”
a. Our lives on this earth will either end in death or at the second coming of Christ either way we each will still meet God.