November 13

Amos 9

I am not much of a handyman. I can fix some things around the house, but if it is a big job, I need help.

The Bible teaches us that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). He is very good at making things. He knows just how they work best. He is a master builder. Not only is he a master builder, he is also a master rebuilder.

In Genesis 3 we see how sin entered the world, and things begin to unravel and fall away from the way God originally intended them to be. Death becomes a universal law. Rebellion and selfish desire become the norm for humankind. This was evident during the time of Amos’ preaching. Israel was not following Yahweh. Things were broken.

Brokenness doesn’t surprise God. He is not shocked by it, nor is he perplexed about a solution. No person or group of people is beyond his reach. There is no dilemma that is too difficult for him to make right. He told his people Israel, who had rebelled and turned away, that he would restore them. He would rebuild the house of David.

There is a beautiful promise hidden inside this promise. God made a covenant with David that his house and throne would be established forever (2 Samuel 7). God knew when he made that covenant that David would sin, and that his people throughout the generations would sin.

You see, when God made the promise, he wasn’t just looking toward the future of one man or one nation. He was looking into his beautiful plan for all people. He was looking to the day when Jesus would come to restore and make all things new.


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