So the Lord relented concerning this.

                         “This also shall not be,” said the Lord God.

                                                   (Amos 7:6)


God responds to the hidden intercession of the prophet by relenting. That is, He changes His mind because He is deeply moved by Amos’ plea. This is a puzzling mystery but also a glorious reality. At times, God does relent from pouring out His wrath on a nation. Contrary to popular thinking, the God of the Bible is not some rigid deity or some inflexible machine; instead, He personally responds in a dynamic dialogue with those who fervently pray and intercede for their nation.