September 6

Amos 7; 1 Corinthians 13*

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down [Amos 9:2].

"Though they dig into hell." The word translated "hell" is the Hebrew word sheol, meaning "the grave or the place of the dead." 

There are two things which cause the terror of the wicked. In our day, folk have been so brainwashed by our society that many of them try to blot it out of their minds; but if they give any thought to it at all, the two things which bring terror to the heart of the wicked person are the omnipresence and the immutability of God. God is omnipresent; that is, He is everywhere. Even death cannot separate you from Him. And the immutability of God means that God never changes. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. These two truths are a great comfort to God's children, but they are frightening to the wicked.

To the child of God the omnipresence of God assures him that God will never leave him. The Lord Jesus said, "… I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5). How wonderful that is! Also He said, "… him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). When He receives you, He receives you for eternity. No one can take you out of His hand; and, if you are in His hand, you are very close to Him, you see. The Lord Jesus also likened our relationship to Him to that of a vine and its branches. What can be closer to a vine than its branch? The omnipresence of God is a great comfort to the believer.

J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee. 

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