Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel! For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, who treads the high places of the earth — the Lord God of hosts is His name. (Amos 4:12-13)
He Has A Right To His Name
The majesty of God is incredible. How large His ocean and how small our boat. His grandeur is the expanse of the heavens. The world revolves in a precise cycle by the will of His word. Mountains reach toward the skies by the power of His might. Oceans team with life from the wisdom of His will. The earth is full of the creation of His word and man is a microscopic atom in the cosmos of time and space. When God created man, He breathed into the nostrils the breath of life. Held in His hand is the life of every man. The existence of humanity is determined by the will of the Creator. The majesty of God is incredible.
The time had come for the people of Israel to meet their God. Israel had failed to keep the word of God. Judgement was coming swiftly upon a rebellious people who had forgotten how great and powerful the Lord God of Hosts was. No nation would stand long who rebelled against the Lord. Repeatedly, God punished the children of Israel in an attempt to bring them back but they refused. Time had run out. There was a time for pleading and then came judgment. What happened to Israel was because of their rejection of God’s love. He loved His people as the apple of His eye. It grieved the Father to punish His children. Judgment would be terrible. The time had come for the people of Israel to meet their God.
The Lord God of hosts is His name. He had a right to punish His people. He was the one who created the mountains. What can man do against a mountain? It is a huge unmovable mass of rock and stone. The only thing man can do with something like Mt. Everest is to climb it but they will never move it. The Lord God of hosts created the wind. Can man stop a hurricane or a tornado? He can only seek protection from the battering winds of nature’s wrath. What man knows the thoughts of another man and changes night to day and day to night? Who can walk upon every place on earth but the Lord God of hosts? His name is aptly inscribed because there is no one like the Lord God of hosts.
The world today is filled with incredible things that boggle the mind. Technology has advanced so far we do things and see things that were unheard of in the history of man. We can put a man on the moon, send machines throughout space, cure diseases, fly through the air around the world and probe the deepest parts of our ocean. The Lord God of hosts is still His name. Mountains declare His glory, the wind reminds us of who created us and the Lord God of hosts knows everything we think. He is so awesome. Whether we acknowledge Him as the Lord God of hosts does not change the truth that He is the Lord God of hosts. Man is still an atomic particle in the expanse of a universe that is so huge we can never plum its depths – and the Lord God of hosts holds the universe in His hand. Are you ready to meet a God like this? We all will – one day. The Lord God of hosts is His name.
The judgment of God shall turn topsy-turvy the judgments of men. (Edward F. Garesche, The Things Immortal, 1919)