Joy Before Breakthrough
The Jewish holiday Sukkot, or Feast of Tents/Tabernacles, is celebrated this year from October 4 to 10, and foreigners and Gentiles are invited to celebrate with Israel.
For the Christian, Sukkot signifies God’s provision and harvest both spiritually and on planet earth.
While the Passover represented freedom and planting, and Shavuot/Pentecost was the season of grain or growth, Sukkot is the season of harvest. God instructed Israel to celebrate first for seven days before harvest begins, because God will indeed bless their work and their joy will be complete.
So, God tells us to be joyful even before we taste breakthrough and answers to prayers, because He is faithful. We can rely on His promise-keeping and He will deliver on His word. His promise is true: He will indeed bless us and that causes our joy to be complete.
For seven days celebrate the festival (of Tabernacles) to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete. (Deuteronomy 16:13-15 NIV)
BUT FIRST — REJOICE! And again, God says – rejoice!
God’s presence in us was made available in Jesus, when He became flesh and made his dwelling with us (John 1:14). Your feast begins with the joy that your sins have been forgiven and you now have a restored fellowship with the Lord. What was barren in your life will now have fruit, even abundance! God will miraculously provide for you and bless you even in the wilderness. Prophetically, it means we get ready NOW, because we will surely see a harvest of souls, and God’s people will become fruitful and productive.
Are you ready to celebrate?
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