Archive for March 10th, 2017

Joel 2

Joel 2 reminds us all the Lord’s judgment was arriving against Judah.  “Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near”.  We’re in a similar situation with Christ’s pending return.  When we are right with God, we want the day of the Lord. We long for Him to show His strength because we know that we abide in Him. When we are not right with God, we dread the day of the Lord, because when God shows Himself strong, His strength may work against us.  It is coming for us, as it did for Judah.  We need to be ready.

Christ’s return will change everything. And as it was for Judah, it will be amazing for us. “For the day of the Lord is  great and very awesome; who can endure it”?  That return will begin the end of time and eternal judgment.  It’s reckoning for how we have lived.  And even though we don’t deserve anything except punishment for our sin, God still wants us to come back to Him.  “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;  and He relents over disaster”.  Even at the point of judgment, God is in the restoration business.

What’s God want from us?  In a word it is repentance. He wants us to turn back to Him with sincerity, and Joel tells us how to do that:

  • Sincere repentance is to turn to God, and therefore away from our sin.
  • Sincere repentance is done with all your heart, giving everything you can in surrender to God.
  • Sincere repentance is marked by action (with fasting) and emotion (with weeping . . . mourning). Not every act of repentance will include fasting and weeping, but if action and emotion are absent, it isn’t real repentance.

God desires restoration.  And if we come back to Him, promises abound.  “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you….You shall know….that  I am the Lord your God and there is none else”.

Joel prophesies the future and how God will pour out His Holy Spirit on those who repent and are restored to Him.  We see this come to pass in Acts 2.  “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions”.  That is the foretelling of Pentecost.  Centuries before Christ was born, God spoke through Joel to tell the amazing story of Acts 2. But that wasn’t the end of the story – it continues today. “I will show wonders in the heavens and  on the earth….it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”.   Are you in right relationship with God?  Have you called on Him to save you from your sin?  He’s still in the restoration business, just waiting for you to confess, repent and believe!

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