Amos / chapter 9 (read the chapter)
A few days ago on this blog, we examined the idea of financial prosperity and discovered that there was no hard-and-fast rule about how much material wealth God gives to His followers. Sometimes His people have been poor. Sometimes His people have been rich. But regardless of the amount of money we have in the bank, one thing remains constant: God always gives us more than enough.
At first, you might wonder how it could be said that God always gives us more than enough when we go through financially hard times. But the “more than enough” doesn’t necessarily mean money! God showers us with all kinds of blessings—the least of which are monetary.
Still, at the end of this chapter of Amos, God declared that there is a day coming when nobody will experience financial hardship any longer: “‘The time will come,’ says the Lord, ‘when the grain and grapes will grow faster than they can be harvested. Then the terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel will drip with sweet wine!’” (vs 13)
I love the imagery of crops growing faster than they can be harvested. It makes me envision God’s blessings as an avalanche; they are so abundant that they will just come and run you over. There is no escape from His blessings!
And even now, when we do face certain hardships in life, I’ve personally found that God still gives us more than enough. If we remain open to what He is doing in our lives, somehow we find ourselves taken care of. This is echoed in a song currently being played often on Christian radio, called Fall Apart by Josh Wilson. In the chorus, he sings, “My whole world is caving in, but I feel You now more than I did then. How can I come to the end of me and somehow still have all I need?”
I don’t know if you have experienced that in your life, but I have. There have been times when I thought I was at the end, when I knew I didn’t have any more strength to go on, when I thought I would go crazy with hurt. And somehow, I still had enough. Even in those dark places, I had a sense of God being with me, strengthening me, and giving me just what I needed to stand.
No matter what you need today, God has it, and He is willing to give it to you! In fact, He is willing to give you more than enough. If you think He’s not giving you what you need, it could be that you think you need something you don’t, or it could be that it’s already on the way! Even when you feel like you’re falling apart, trust God. In His hands are abundant blessings, and He always gives us more than enough.