Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sharing on Amos 9

Recently, this verse from Amos 9 was shared in Gen Rev, and in my small group.

Amos 9:11-15 (MSG)

11-12 “But also on that Judgment Day I will restore David’s house that has fallen to pieces. I’ll repair the holes in the roof, replace the broken windows, fix it up like new. David’s people will be strong again and seize what’s left of enemy Edom, plus everyone else under my sovereign judgment.” God’s Decree. He will do this. 
13-15 “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.

The passage above spoke about restoration and blessings to the people of Israel. It is also a strong reminder to us that no one can unbless when God have blessed (they'll never again be uprooted from the land I've given them), which is a similar case when Balaam was asked to curse God's people, but instead blessings come out from Balaam's mouth.

Similarly, when we apply this to our situation and believe it, with an expectant heart, and receive it, the time of acceleration would indeed come (it won't be long) - where God's blessings will overflow in our life- so fast and sudden that we could not even keep up with it. Not only that, we could also trust God for our restoration - be it in our relationship, career or anything else. Indeed, the message is pretty simple but truly powerful as shown by this picture posted on Instagram recently.

Also, in Isaiah 40:28-31 (AMP) it said:

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wingsand mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
The verse stresses about God's provision- whereby even if we feel tired or just could not take it any more (one example would be we might struggle in our work/relationship/anything currently), we trust that He would provide us strength to overcome this. In other words, we focus on His abundance (look towards Him- He is never lacking and trust that everyday He will lift us up to another level in our work etc), and not our lack/our own strength to overcome the challenges.

Trust me, if we depend on our strength too often, it could lead to burn-out quick - experienced that personally. I am still learning on the application of the verse, but probably the key to this is in the next verse.

- waiting for the Lord. Note that waiting here does not mean waiting passively, and not doing anything. It is waiting 'with expectancies and hope'. In another word, it is to bind together with the Lord whereby our strength comes from Him. A nice picture related to waiting is portrayed below as shared by my CG leader Ruth.

It is a picture whereby the small birds wait with expectancies for their mother on their food (in our case - blessing and restoration in our life, work, relationship etc). Noticed that the small birds are 'hungry' for it. Probably the same level of hunger and expectancies should be shown in our life when we seek Him - and He will then provide us so much blessings that we could not keep up with it, but such that we want to share it with people around us to bless others (as He have blessed us with so much.)

Personally, I am also trusting Him for things like work and relationship (not going to elaborate more. Probably another time. =) )

Truly, the message above spoke out to me - and reminded me that all I need to do simply is to trust Him, pray with expectancies and receive it by faith. Simply put, it would be an effortless journey when He is in the picture.

P.S: It is just so blessed to be part of the sharing session where each person shared about what truly spoke out to them - on the verse, and their personal experience/thoughts. Looking expectantly for more to come! :)

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