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Amos 9:11-15
Psalm 85:9-14
Matthew 9:14-17

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“Yes, days are coming, says the Lord, when the plowman shall overtake the reaper.” —Amos 9:13

Amos’ prophecy of the plowman overtaking the reaper envisions a time of incredible prosperity. The harvest will be so large that it would take both winter and spring to harvest the huge amount of crops. By plowing time next spring, the superabundant harvest would still not yet have been completely plucked from the ground! (Am 9:13)

Humanly speaking, such a superabundance seems impossible, but nothing is impossible with God (Lk 1:37). The Lord promises more than we can ever ask for or imagine (Eph 3:20). Note that Amos is prophesying overflowing restoration in the midst of a backdrop of ruin and destruction, referring to the “fallen hut” of the nation of Israel (Am 9:11).

Perhaps your marriage, family, or personal life is in “ruins” (Am 9:11). It is impossible for you to imagine any possible way to “restoration” (Am 9:14), much less superabundance. Yet the Lord speaks of peace to His people (Ps 85:9). Give your “fallen hut” to the Lord. Place your ruins on the altar as a sacrifice to Him. “Even if this should seem impossible” in your eyes, it is not impossible in God’s eyes (Zec 8:6). “Trust in Him at all times, O My people!” (Ps 63:9)

Prayer:  Father, may I believe in You as a mighty God of love.

Promise:  “Near indeed is His salvation to those who fear Him.” —Ps 85:10

Praise:  George fasts so that his prayers may be more effective against the kingdom of darkness.

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