Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? Amos 5:18-20
We rarely use the term woe it is not a common vocabulary; reasons are not clear but on hearing that word one would imagine the matter to be so serious. The word is defined as grievous distress, affliction or trouble. What you consider to be a great distress, will be nothing compared to the distress that will befall those who are not in Christ Jesus at the second coming of Jesus. That distress will be ultimate distress. Our text above has asked a relevant question, to what end is the coming of the Lord to you? In other words, what assurance do we have that his coming will be joyous for us and not sadness?
There is a common saying that ‘when a child cry for a razor give it to him’ this means that there are things we always wish to have without knowing the repercussions of obtaining such a thing. Some things appear good but are lots of challenges and even greater temptations that I may not be strong enough to overcome them if place in such situation. An example of this is fame, fame comes with recognition, connection to similar cadre of people whose exposure is by itself an additional window to temptations we can hardly begin to imagine. It can lead to being too busy to have time for spiritual matters, it can bring in pride, it can expose us to influences that will lead one to destruction.
Solomon is a good example of this his riches and wisdom brought him fame and eventually fall. “Before Solomon was aware of it, he had wandered far from God. He began to trust less in divine guidance. Little by little he withheld unswerving obedience from God and followed more closely the customs of the surrounding nations. Yielding to temptations that came with his honored position, he forgot the Source of his prosperity.”- Redemption: or the Resurrection of Christ p.20
The end time is likely to be darkness for many who are doing their own will instead of seeking Christ. That moment will spell doom for them and it will remind them of missed opportunities, the negligence to the things of eternal life it will be full of regrets. Yes, Jesus is coming but what assurance do you have of the kind of reward you will receive? How anxious are you of his coming, how ready are you for Him? It better be one that will bring jubilation to who is waiting.
By A. Eliamani