At Ease in Zion

Amos decried the complacency he saw among the inhabitants of Israel.

Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Amos 6:1

He went on to describe them lying on beds of ivory, eating, drinking, and using expensive ointments, but not caring about the people around them. (See Amos 6:3-6.) Then, he warned them that those days of ease and convenience would not last forever:

Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

Amos 6:7

Nephi prophesied of a time when people would be similarly careless. The devil would pacify some people, he said, and “lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well.” Then, Nephi gave the following warning, which he may have borrowed from Amos:

Wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!

Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!

Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!

2 Nephi 28:24-26

Pastor Aiden Wilson Tozer wrote, “Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth” (The Pursuit of God (2015), 23, quoted in Ulisses Soares, “In Awe of Christ and His Gospel,” General Conference, April 2022).

Today, I will overcome complacency with vigilance and diligence. I will pay attention to the needs of other people. I will also strive for personal improvement and spiritual growth. I will be grateful for the blessings I have received, but I will not assume that I deserve those blessings or that they will always be there with no thought or effort on my part to maintain and improve them.

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