I have not read the book of Joel for a long time.
Last evening, I opened my Bible to Joel. I found some verses that were so relative to events that are happening in the world. There is almost a longing to see God’s return, and a desire to see people repent before God returns in judgment of the world.
Joel is writing about a destructive swarm of locusts, used by God to get Israel to repent. The locusts were a fierce army, destroying everything in their path, they were blocking the light of the sun, and their forces were beyond number.
Chapter 2 starts out:
Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sound the alarm on my holy hill.
Let all who live in the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming.
It is close at hand—
2 a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness.
Then Joel writes about the huge army of the Lord, and how it descends like locusts upon the earth:
Before them the earth shakes,
the heavens tremble,
the sun and moon are darkened,
and the stars no longer shine.
11 The Lord thunders
at the head of his army;
his forces are beyond number,
and mighty is the army that obeys his command.
The day of the Lord is great;
it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?
I love verse thirteen, as the terror of this great army is fierce. It is not a happy occasion at all when the Lord’s army comes, but herein lies hope:
Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.
If we are repentant, God might not bring calamity, but a blessing. In verse 14, Joel writes:
Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave behind a blessing—
grain offerings and drink offerings
for the Lord your God.
Joel, Chapter 2, finishes with these verses:
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls
God is so merciful! He will return to earth in judgment one day soon. However, He has given us every resource to find out how to receive His grace and mercy, and we can escape His judgment through salvation found in Christ. God desires to bless us, redeem us, and love us. There will be a great and terrible day of the Lord, but ‘whosoever calls on the name of the LORD will be delivered”!
Repent, and call out to God, and accept His deliverance! Be saved!
Dear God, there are still many who do not know You. I pray for the knowledge of You to fill the earth. I pray for workers for the harvest. I pray for Your will to be done! Help me to be a good ambassador for You. I know the harvest is ripe, and You will return soon. Help us to be ready for You. In the name of Your Son, Amen.