Updated: Jan 19
Amos 9:14-15 (MSG) “Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel:
“They’ll rebuild their ruined cities. They’ll plant vineyards and drink good wine. They’ll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables. And I’ll plant them, plant them on their own land. They’ll never again be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.” God, your God, says so.
These verses found in the book of Amos, announce a restoration to the cities which at the time of its writing had not yet fallen into ruin. Who was this Amos talking about? Israel, who in the prior eight chapters had received prophesy after prophesy of God’s judgment, and destruction upon towards it.
Central to the theme of this book is the concept of justice. Amos is declaring God’s word to Israel that there is no exemption for any nation or people group regarding the issue of His justice, moral righteousness, and accountability for sin. God will not be mocked, He is supreme and the King of a Kingdom that is everlasting with a blueprint for justice that, more often than not is packaged in wrapping that we, like Israel, do not want to accept. Amos declares with divine recognition that; this ‘Day of the Lord’ will come when everything is redeemed.
It was Israel’s responsibility to release the outcome to His way of bringing forth that absolute justice within the framework of their history.
Throughout the land today, there are distracting voices and those with pointing fingers. As a believer, it takes a strong resolve to go against the flow of the cultural norm. One way to muster strength in this hour is to keep the focus on the fact that God has placed His treasure within us and that His glory has no limits in quality nor potential –it is ours is to follow Him and His word, to the letter.
So, start today along with me, by building investment of gratitude. Frame out your day with its regular moments of daily duty to find where God’s fingerprints are on your timing of a thing, creation’s evolution that surrounds you, a connection, a kindness through relationship, or colors flowing through a prism of light across your home.
It is our response during this time of worldwide chaos and discord that is critical to our future and vision. May God open our eyes and hearts to possess the land of our inheritance right where we are planted.
By the way, Amos proclaimed all these restorative words and never got a chance to see one of them come to pass in his lifetime.