It takes four to six weeks for the passion fruit to be ripe for harvest. It takes about four to five months for the rambutan to be ripe for harvest. For mango, it takes three to six months, and the papaya, seven to nine months. Some fruits like the mangosteen and durian are seasonal, which means, the moment they are ripe, it is time for their harvest. The basket of summer fruit that Amos saw (Amos 8:2), was gathered and ready to be eaten. This signified that the people of Israel were ripe for destruction. The Lord’s judgment has come. Amos 8:1-3 was the prelude of what the chapter is about to describe – the Lord’s final decision to allow the destruction of Israel. This chapter reveals the Lord’s highest displeasure with the people of Israel, who continued to test His grace time and time again. Each time, we may think that the Lord forgives us for our wrongdoings. Yes He does, faithfully, when we confess our sins (1 John 1:9). However, deliberate sinning and putting off repentance from day to day, thinking that the Lord will delay His judgements is a wrong attitude to have. Therefore, we ought to treat each day as precious opportunity for us to reflect upon our behaviours before the Lord. Have we sinned? And have we sinned without knowing? Or have we been finding it difficult to come to terms with our sins? We can always go to the Lord for the answers, and for Him to help us when we are poor in spirit. The Lord will guide us even when we make mistakes, and as long as we confess and repent of our sins, the Lord forgives. The Lord’s grace is plenty, but one day, we will have to be accountable to Him for all that we have done. By then, what will the Lord say to us? … or will He cast us aside like an old fig?