In the interim we have finished Hosea, Joel and Amos. The promise of new life and ministry in the Spirit is parenthesized by reminders of judgement. Lord help me to appropriate this life in the Spirit with a walk that is accountable to, responsible to and fearful of You. I have been challenged recently by the autobiographical writings of Leo Tolstoy: "what purpose is there in life that can not be overshadowed by the inevitability of death". Lord I know that purpose is found in you both now and forever, help me to appropriate and walk in that purpose.