(ESV) Amos 5:4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: “Seek me and live; 5 but do not seek Bethel, and do not enter into Gilgal or cross over to Beersheba; for Gilgal shall surely go into exile, and Bethel shall come to nothing.”
The imperative here is to the Lord’s own people and it is a call for his people to seek, look to and focus their eyes and ears upon Him. This command comes with a promise which correspondingly is the promise of life, of a certainty of life that escapes God’s coming judgment. This escape is to be the product of obedience, of obedience to the imperative of earnestly seeking the Lord God Almighty.
Judgment is coming and I know that we all do not desire to be around when it comes, nor then do we look forward to its coming. However, there is a promise that if we earnestly seek him, draw nearer to him, He will see us through those times ahead in the power of His life, His zoe life, His ageless and powerful life. Yes, we need to draw nearer to He who desires to cover us under the shelter of His wings in the midst of the storms of life that lay just ahead.