Earlier this week someone shared some verses with me that she was believing for this season of her life and said she believed this applied to mine as well. The verses are found in Amos 9: 13-14.
““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.””
This morning I remembered these verses and decided to read through the whole chapter, to gain a better understanding about these promises. The last few lines of the chapter, the ones after this section, really stood out to me:
““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.”
I want to take a closer look at each of these lines:
Structure and Protection. He begins by saying the people of Israel will rebuild their ruined cities. City walls were more than just ornamental, they had a military function as well, providing protection to those living therein. These walls also provided structure. My experience tells me that when cities are physically run down, they tend to be spiritually and politically lacking as well. It’s my perception that cities or communities without solid physical structures also experience limited structure in other areas of their lives.
Merriment and Excess. The next line talks about planting vineyards and drinking the good wine from them. Not only was this a money-making venture, it would be successful enough for the people to sample some of their product. To me, this speaks of excess, abundance, and more than enough. This line has the tone of frivolity and joy, things we could probably use a little more of in our everyday lives.
Health. This third line is possibly my favorite. For many years I have been unhealthy in every area of my life. Over the past few years I’ve become very intentional about turning that ship, and changing some of those unhealthy habits I had developed over the years. I believe this is what God was promising the people of Israel. They would be able to plant and cultivate their own harvest, keeping it for themselves instead of being forced to give it away. They would be emotionally and financially free, able to feed themselves and their families the nourishment they desperately needed.
Stability. The people of Israel had been beaten up and pushed around over and over again, but here God was promising to give them their own land, a place they could plant their own roots. God was promising them stability that came from Him, not as a result of military conquest or the illusion of security that Israel was resting in at the time this promise was given. For the remnant of those who stayed faithful to him, God was promising them a place to call their own.
Sustainability. In the next line, God goes even further to say he would never uproot them again. This would allow them to create lives and recreate themselves. They were being put in a position to create a life and a culture, one centered around Him. God was equipping them to create something that was sustainable.
God’s promises aren’t limited to one person or group of people. I believe many of these promises are still accessible to us today, even though they were spoken thousands of years ago. Amos was encouraging the nation of Israel to turn back to God, saying that these promises will come as a result. Though we haven’t made physical idols like the nation of Israel did, it’s easy for us to get distracted, leading to small shifts away from Him. As we continue seeking God to the best of our ability, I believe these blessings will be a natural byproduct. I am believing these things for not only me, but for all of you both personally and professionally.
I believe God is going to do great things this year.