Faith speaks what it sees in the spirit, that is why it is called faith, because you see it in the spirit before it manifests in the natural. I have been lingering in the Old Testament prophets this week, as the Holy Spirit has led me to do so. I read Amos, then Isaiah, Obadiah and now today Joel. What has caused me to pause and marvel is that the Lord has woven a theme through the words of these men, that I did not recognize until this week, which tells me this is a word God wants us to know.
When we think OT prophets, we lean towards harsh judgments, but actually these men and women knew the heart of God that was bent toward restoration, compassion and faithfulness to His covenant people. Their goal was always to turn Israel back to God, by stating the truth of their situation and then releasing hope for help from heaven.
This week, the theme the Lord showed me is one of abundance that is about to be released upon us as His people. I know it doesn’t look like abundance is coming, when store shelves are missing items, gas prices are soaring, housing markets are bursting at the seems and more and more mandates seems to be being instated. But it doesn’t take faith to see those things happening, those are obvious. It takes faith to see what the Lord is showing me and telling to me to share with you.
God is about to be super generous to us. I mean undeservedly generous, beyond imagination generous. Amos 9:13-15 says, “The day is coming when the person stomping grapes will overtake the person planting the vineyard. And in that fertile day, new wine will drip from the mountains and the hills will flow with it.” Joel 2:21-27 says, “The drought is over; He has sent the early autumn rain as a sign of His faithfulness. He has poured down heavy rain, autumn and spring rain as before. The threshing floors will be covered in grain; the vats will spillover with new wine and fresh oil.” Then Deuteronomy 11:7-21 says, “I’ll send rain on your land when its needed, in the autumn and the spring. You’ll have an abundant harvest of grain, wine and olive oil.”
I didn’t do a word study, I didn’t go looking for these puzzle pieces, as I was randomly reading they came together to paint a picture of abundance that is about to be poured out upon us. I know it doesn’t look like it, but faith says it going to happen and faith is always the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things yet seen (Hebrews 11:1). My faith sees abundance being released upon us and so I expect to receive what I see. The drought is over, it’s raining my friends!