I believe we are in what I call a ‘BUT GOD’ moment in time! Yes, as my last messages indicated, we are in a battle. And Yes there are some serious goings-on in our nations, there is no denying this. However, with God, there is always a ‘BUT’. God is well able to bring blessings to His people ’in the midst’. God can bring Restoration and Supernatural Blessings.
So, this is where we find one of my favorite scriptures and our verse for today:
specifically the Message Bible interpretation of Version of Amos 9:13. But I invite you to read the other versions as well.
“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.
Doesn’t this sound FANTASTIC? And definitely like something you want to grab hold of and decree and declare over your life, especially after the last 2 – 3 years!
But here is the very interesting thing about this passage of scripture. These are the very last verses of the book of Amos, ALL the rest of it, up until verse 9:11, is basically speaking about the judgments coming because of evil and wrong behavior. There was much injustice for the poor and the marginalized, there were oppressive systems and disrespect for religion and God was not pleased. Amos was prophesying firstly to the enemies of God, but then to God’s own people. Leadership was asked to repent. BUT this book ends with God’s restoration, the NLT says in Amos 9:11 that “In that day I will restore the fallen house of David. I will repair its damaged walls. From the ruins I will rebuild it and restore its former glory. “
This would seem to indicate that God’s restorative work was NOT because the majority of His people earned it or deserved it, but because He loves us and we are His! Another beautiful and very popular verse about God’s RESTORATION and BLESSINGS is Joel 2:
“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.”
Here again, this comes in a time of much upheaval. When the prophet Joel indicated that the locust destruction was a judgment and the people needed to lament and cry out to the Lord for help! He prophesied about drought and famine, where even the animals were afflicted. But then God was ‘jealous’ for His people and restoration was promised.
There is a lot of swirling and whirling in the world right now. There are a whole lot of negatives that can be focused on. There is a lot that this world is reaping from what it has sown. BUT GOD! As people of God, we are all called to be Prisoners of Hope! We are called to be LIGHT and not align with or welcome the darkness with the words of our mouths. We are to make sure that we are aligning with the precepts and words of God and doing our level best to usher in the Works of God in our personal lives and in the nations.
Old Testament or not, every word of the Bible is to teach us something so what can we learn from the prophets Amos and Joel? We should:
- Continuously seek the Lord! As much as you require your food! (Amos 5:4) Continue praying and fasting.
- Stay in a place of Repentance, and always search your heart for areas of sin.
- Ensure that we are not mistreating or victimizing the poor or the needy, or aligning to any oppressive system.
- Not be rebellious and live according to God’s word with all our might.
What I’ve Learned about Restoration?
Why would God RESTORE Even when we don’t deserve it? Here is what I’ve learned from these two sections of Amos and Joel.
- Because we are His! He is jealous of us and takes pity on us. His love for us is zealous. It’s how most parents feel about their children. We defend them, protect them and provide for them even if they don’t deserve it because they are ours. (Joel 2:18)
- So we would acknowledge or remember that He is Our God! We read after the promised restoration: “Then you will know that I am among my people Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other. “ Every now and then it seems that life makes us forget that God is among us and for us, but His goodness helps us to remember. (Joel 2:27)
- So it can make way for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It says in Joel 2 that afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on ALL people. This is the will of God, that all be filled with the Holy Ghost. (Joel 2:28)
- God wants to ensure that all get saved. He offers to ANYONE who calls on His name, He offers them the gift of salvation to whoever calls on His name. It is the desire of God that all come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! (Joel 2:32)
- God wants us to be a blessing to our nations! In all the melee of the last 3 years, there has been much ruin and loss, and God wants us to help rebuild, so He restores to us the resources, strength, and abilities to help! We are promised that we will rebuild our ruined cities. (Amos 9:14)
- He is a good Daddy, one who just wants to bless us at certain appointed times. I remember when my sons were little, being at the store and buying some chocolates for them, and thinking at that moment ‘you know they have not been good this morning, but… I loved them and wanted to bless their hearts with the treats…God spoke to my heart at that moment to tell me that He does the same for His kids sometimes. So this is why we will be able to plant vineyards and work our gardens and eat fresh vegetables. Because God is treating us. (Amos 9:14)
- He wants us PLANTED in our own land! God wants to plant us on their own land where we will not be uprooted. He wants to see us settled in every aspect and somewhere we can plant roots, be established, and impact the lives of those around us. (Amos 9:15)
Biggest Lesson: (About blessings in the midst)
When you belong to the Kingdom of God you are IN this world and not OF this world! (John 15:19) Therefore regardless of what is going on, we remember:
- God can shine His LIGHT on you in the midst of Darkness! (Isaiah 60: 1-3) Even with the thick darkness of any time period. God can cause His Light to come and His glory to rise upon you! God does that because only He can. That amazing Kabod – glory, honor, splendor, and wealth
- God can protect you in the midst of Calamity! (Exodus 11:6-7 In the midst of the death of the people of Egypt, God said that not even a dog would bark at any man or animal for His people!
- God can PRODIVE in the midst of famine! (Genesis 26:1 & 12) God blessed Isaac 100fold and he became very rich and his wealth continued to grow whilst there was a famine in the land. Why? Because the Lord blessed him!
- God can grant PEACE in the midst of a storm! (Isaiah 54:10) We are promised that if we keep focused on Jesus, even if the mountains depart and the hills be removed, we have a covenant of Peace. The peace that doesn’t even make sense and defies human comprehension.
SO YES! God can bless us in the midst!
So….I invite you to join with me in believing God for His Blessings upon Blessings in spite of, and regardless of what is going on. Let’s trust God together that He can and will restore and He can and will bless His children. I prophesy over you today that ‘everywhere you look you will see blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills.’ And as we are blessed we commit to being a blessing to all around us and our nations!
Main Verses: Amos 9 & Joel 2
- Genesis 26:1 & 12
- Exodus 11:6-7
- Isaiah 60: 1-3
- Isaiah 54:10