“Behold, the days are coming,” says 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. I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and 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. I will plant them upon their land, and they shall never again be plucked up out of the land which I have given them,” says the LORD your God.”
Genesis 3:17,18 (Past to Present)
“And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.”
Romans 8:18-21 (Anticipation)
“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
The Bible has many scriptures that talk about the coming kingdom and what it will be like. It appears that it will be a wondrous and beautiful place, a world of abundance, peace and security. However, today, the earth as we know it is under a curse and because of that we must work ‘all the days of our life’ to feed our families. Until the curse is lifted the earth will not give forth its full yield or capabilities. Man pumps millions of tons of chemicals into the land to try and coax better yields from it, but no matter how much man endeavors to try and remove the current curse, he is unable to change what God has ordained. Famine, pestilence, drought and disease are still impacting the yields and hunger and starvation are still with us, even with all of OUR seemingly vast technology and knowledge. Once again God is teaching man that we cannot do it on our own.
The prophet Amos says that the time will come when “the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed”. Can you imagine the abundance the earth will give forth once the curse has been lifted from it? Paul states in Romans that, like us, the creation too is waiting eagerly for the curse to be lifted and is looking forward to being set free from its bondage to decay. The earth, like us, is waiting for a renewal, a time when we will be able to walk with God in His garden again, and not be fearful.
May we look to the future and the glorious day that is coming, which will bring abundance and renewal for the children of God and His whole creation. Let us pray for that day to come soon.