“The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake” (Amos 1.1 ESV).
Amos was a shepherd from Tekoa, a small village close to Bethlehem. He lived in a time when the rich were exploiting the poor, never considering that they would be accountable for their actions. Amos would definitely not have been respected, and his words would not be honored during this time. A lowly shepherd would have been scoffed at and the people would never believe that Amos could write something eloquent, let alone of value. But Amos surprised them all. Not only did he declare the words of God with accuracy, he also declared them with literary brilliance. The shepherd was a writer! Too many literary devices to list, Amos obviously had a special gift to communicate. Who would have thought that such a skilled writer would come from a man who cared for sheep all day. But God does love to confound the world, and He knows that those He uses for His great purposes must have a point of humility. So we must not fight God’s effort to humble us. We can’t get upset when we feel like our talents are wasting away as we continue to walk faithfully in obscurity. God will use us when the time is right, and we will boldly put our talents to work, giving all glory to God. While we wait, we can get to know the love of our Heavenly Father more and more each day, relying on His faithfulness and filling our lives with belief in His promises.
“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1.27-29 NLT).