I will plant Israel in their own land,
never again to be uprooted
from the land I have given them,”
says the Lord your God.
I love this verse. It is is the final part of the final chapter of Amos. The book of Amos is filled with God's judgement and punishment directed towards His very own people. His people walked away from Him and God drew a line in the sand. The bulk of Amos is downright depressing. As I read through it, I wanted to see a few more glimpses of "our God of second chances". But, Amos doesn't go there. Amos reminds me that God is God and his people shouldn't "toy" with Him. Amos reminds me of the position God demands by His own character and His righteousness. He is "I am". He is God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. I Timothy 6:14,15
Simply put, you don't mess with God. I think I often forget that part. I think things like "I'll do it tomorrow". Or, "I'm going to do things my way today". Little do I think of my God as the great King of Kings who lives in unapproachable light. If I truly saw Him in this way, my obedience would be quicker and my selfishness would be tempered. I would be in awe and I would live in awe.
But, then verse 15 comes. God says that after the judgement He will restore His people. He will plant them in their own land and they will never again be uprooted. Now there's the God I know. The God who says, I may discipline you for a little while, but I am not turning my back for good. I love that God speaks of Himself as a gardener. He will plant His people in the land. That word speaks of love and care and the desire for them to grow to their fullest potential. How amazing is that. We can "dis" Him time after time, and still He ends with the plans to "plant" us.
Tonight I can personalize this scripture for me and when I do...I am so grateful. I can feel my gardener planting me and all I want is to be a plant that yields much for His glory.
I can also pray this scripture tonight for someone so very close to me on the eve of a significant day and revelation. My prayer is that God will plant you my dear in the land of His glory. May you allow Him to plant you in Him so that you will NEVER again be uprooted. May these days and the next days accomplish much for our Gardener's glory.