Out Of The Frying Pan…(Amos 5:18-20)

He was a successful physician entrepreneur, who created a thriving radiology business. We had met when we were both residents and our families were quite close. Unexpectedly, he called me one day and inquired if I knew of a good attorney. I was quite surprised since he always raved about the attorney that he had on retainer with his radiologist partner. I soon learned that his partner had betrayed him, partnering with their current lawyer and secretly working to divert the existing client accounts to a new entity, cutting him out of his own business. For a brief period, he was able to stabilize his business, however, the changes he made triggered a Medicare audit. It was one predicament after another. Each time he thought he had resolved his situation, another more serious crisis emerged. As the old adage states, “Out of the frying pan and into the fire.” Eventually, he ended up leaving the state and working for another group as an independent contractor, a far cry from his once successful business venture. 

What sorrow awaits you who say, “If only the day of the LORD were here!” You have no idea what you are wishing for. That day will bring darkness, not light. In that day you will be like a man who runs from a lion—only to meet a bear. Escaping from the bear, he leans his hand against a wall in his house—and he’s bitten by a snake. Yes, the day of the LORD will be dark and hopeless, without a ray of joy or hope.

Amos 5:18-20 (NLT)

This passage from the prophet Amos depicts a similar lurching from one crisis to another. It could be applied to my friend’s situation but as serious as his predicament was, Amos was prophesying about a much more dire circumstance-the Day of the Lord.

As the prophet Amos grimly warned his countrymen, it will be a day of horror, like running from a lion into a bear, then escaping from that encounter only to be bitten by a snake. But there is hope. The Day of the Lord is a day of judgment for all who have not confessed and repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. However, for all believers in Jesus Christ, this is the day they will be taken to Heaven. 

Will your life be spent running from one crisis to another or will you accept the hope and joy that God offers to all who place their faith in trust in Jesus Christ? We all endure enough sorrow in our lives. Isn’t it time to turn to the source of all hope and receive salvation and eternal life?

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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