God can be merciful because our Lord Jesus Christ, when He came to Zion, was not at ease.
He says, in John 5:17, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”
It was at Zion that He wept over the city of Jerusalem.
It was there that He was beaten.
It was there that He was led out of the city.
It was there that He was crucified.
Christ was not at ease in Zion so that through His death God might be merciful and bring rest to you.
He was not at ease because God is not willing to let anyone perish.
But they will perish if they lack His mercy.
This is Amos' simple message.
The Rev. Raymond Williams is pastor at New Beginnings Church in Crestview.