We all wish for God to make things right and fix the evil that is in the world. We all see it and we are frustrated that God is allowing it to continue but our hope is that one day He will make all things new.
When we hope for something we sometimes think of things we want to happen but we are not sure they will. “I hope I get the job promotion” or “I hope I make the team” is not the kind of hope we are talking about. Hope means more than just wishful thinking especially since God is involved. Hope means to expect with confidence. Because all the prophecies of the Bible have been true so far we can trust what it says about the future. When we hope someone does something we base it on their character and on their previous actions. With God our Hope is different because we know God is perfect, He does not lie and everything He has promised He has fulfilled.
At the end of all the warnings that the prophet Amos was giving God wanted to give Hope to those who were living faithfully among those who had a form of spiritual life but who were rebelling against God. The prophets would always have a message of hope mixed in with their announcements of judgement to remind the faithful that God sees and to encourage them in their righteous living. Judgment is always supposed to lead to a changed lifestyle but it is something that offers hope since God will right all the wrongs and judge people for what they did. Today we are going to see the hope of the righteous people and so we can find hope in a world that seems to ignore the pleas of God to come to Him for salvation
Amos 9:11-15 “In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, 12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name,” declares the Lord who does this.13 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. 14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, band they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them, says the Lord your God.
Our Hope is in the future
“In that day “This section is in first person reemphasizing the fact that God Himself is making the promise of all things being renewed. Because God is the one making the promise our trust in the promise is assured. We are to look past our present situation knowing that one day God will renew the world back to His original design and remove evil and sin forever. Everything in our world is allowed to happen for a time but the day we look forward to is coming for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
“Today may be terrible, and tomorrow may bring more sorrow than any one person should have to bear, but there is hope because God exists and has a plan to bring this world to a wonderful end.” (The NIV Application Commentary, Gary Smith, PG 416)
If you are lacking hope and your world seems to be dark there is hope that is on the horizon when God makes all things new. The book of Amos ends with a promise so that people lift their heads and focus on the future and not on the pain and suffering they will be experiencing.
Our Hope is not in the Temporary
“The booth of David” The booth of David was a way of showing that the kingdom they thought was so great was really just temporary like the booths they would set up for shelter in the desert. The Davidic Kingdom, the greatest kingdom in their mind, is compared to a temporary booth. This is not our best life now and we are to not see the world we are living in as anything but a temporary situation.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[d] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
We are to keep our eyes on the future that we have been promised and by doing so we will experience the hope that the world without Jesus cannot. Our bodies are temporary housing just like the booths that were made of sticks and palm branches they will one day wither away but one day all things will be made new. Our situations, no matter how good or bad they are temporary and will not compare to the glory of God and what He has planned for those who put their trust in Him.
“When the plowman will overtake the reaper “
For a farmer to hear that the plowman will overtake the reaper was an insane statement. When things are renewed there will be no lack of food and the harvest will be so plentiful that they will not even be done reaping the fruit before it is time to plant again. There will be so much wine that it will literally be running down the hillside. These are unheard of statements whether literal or not the fact remains that God will take the temporary struggles and make them seem like nothing when the new day arrives. Our hope is not in this world and how long it last but in our God who has saved us for all eternity to experience a new world that is beyond our comprehension.
1 Timothy 4:10 For to this end we toil and strive,[b] because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
Are you setting your hope on the temporal or the eternal? Jesus is the savior for all but only those who believe in Him will be saved and ushered into this wonderful new world that will be awesome because the presence of God will be there like never before.
Hope is for those who have His name.
“All the nations that are called by my name. “ To be called by God’s name meant He had ownership of them and they submitted to Him. “What” God is going to do is just as important as the “Who” God is going to do it for. We sometimes have a tendency to get focused on what God is going to do and we forget that not everyone has that hope because they have not placed their salvation in Jesus Christ. We have to make sure that our focus is not just on our destiny but also on the destiny of others and the hope they can have in Jesus Christ.
The disciples quoted this passage of scripture in Acts 15:16-18 when discussing the Gentiles being a part of the church because they knew that it was always Gods plan to include all people into His kingdom and not just the Israelites. They knew that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord can be saved. (Acts 16:31) The Hope that God promised to the people may have persuaded some people in Amos day to join the righteous and walk away from the sinful practices of the people of that day.
Jeremiah 15:16 16 Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts
When a child is adopted they take the name of the family who is adopting them. When we trust in the work of Jesus then we are put into the family of God not because we have earned it but because we were chosen by God and we accepted His calling.
“Never again to be uprooted “The promise of eternity goes beyond anything we can imagine because many cannot fathom that once we are in the family of God they are in it forever. Because we still believe that our acceptance with God is based on whether we are good or bad and not the work of Jesus Christ some falsely teach that you can lose your salvation. My children are my children even when they mess up and they have my name so they will always be my children.
John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
One of the beautiful promises that we have of belonging to Christ is that we are His eternally based on His work and not our own behavior. Amos promise to them was a Hope that they never again have to worry about their enemies, disease, sickness, pain and struggle because they belonged to God. There is a hope that goes beyond this world and all of its troubles but only for those who believe in Jesus Christ.
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus never promised us a pain free life but He wanted us to stay focused on the hope that we have because He overcame the world. God wanted His faithful servants to be encouraged that there was Hope beyond this world and no matter what trials or heart ache they faced that they could have hope because a day is coming when all things will be made new.
Where have you placed your hope? Are you placing your hope in God or in the circumstances of this world? Have you placed your hope in your finances, in relationships and even status? All those things will one day pass away. Are you placing your hope in your own works for salvation and acceptance with God? There is only one way to come to God and that is through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6; Acts 16:31)
Your hope is guaranteed because Christ rose from the dead and He not only defeated Sin He defeated death which is how He overcame the world.