The prophet Amos opens his book with these words: The words of Amos…. Amos was the one God chose to deliver His message, and Amos never forgot that, not did he let his audience forget.
It’s not a filler phrase, but it becomes the accent by which everyone knew Amos’ voice. Over 40 times in this short book Amos uses phrases like “says the Lord,” or “declares the Sovereign Lord.” Amos constantly reminded himself and anyone who heard him speak that he was not speaking his own thoughts, but he was speaking God’s Word.
I wonder: What accent do people hear when I speak?
I want to be so full of God’s Word and His Spirit that the “says the Lord” accent is my accent.
When I speak I want people to not hear me but hear the God Who speaks through me.
My words are fallible, but God’s Word is perfect.
Jesus said that my words reflect what’s in my heart. May my accent make it so evidence that my heart is full of the Word of God.