Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Joel 2: 1-11 (NKJV)

Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand: 2A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, even for many successive generations. 3A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; the land is like the Garden of Eden before them, And behind them a desolate wilderness; Surely nothing shall escape them. 4Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like swift steeds, so they run. 5With a noise like chariots over mountaintops they leap, like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble, Like a strong people set in battle array. 6Before them the people writhe in pain; All faces are drained of colour. 7They run like mighty men, they climb the wall like men of war; every one marches in formation, and they do not break ranks. 8They do not push one another; every one marches in his own column. Though they lunge between the weapons, they are not cut down. 9They run to and fro in the city, they run on the wall; they climb into the houses, they enter at the windows like a thief. 10The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble; the sun and moon grow dark, and the stars diminish their brightness. 11The Lord gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; who can endure it?

The Bible often refers to the “the day of the Lord” as the time when God will completely take charge of our world. But Joel seems to see the day of the Lord partly revealed in the disaster of his day. He carefully draws similarities between the locust invasion and the final consummation of history. His response to the disaster of his time was entirely spiritual. For Joel, the destruction the locusts have caused will be as nothing compared to God’s final judgment, which will come in the near future (v1, cf Rev. 9: 3-11). Joel developed an analogy between an invading army and the locust swarm. The land may be like the Garden of Eden, but the invaders will leave it a desolate wilderness (v3). This army will be unlike human army (v10). The earth and heavens will shake and the sun, moon and stars will be darkened. More than that, God Himself will be at the head of His terrible army (v11).

Dear child of God, the Lord is using everything around you today to sensitize and prepare you against the terrible Day of Judgment when there shall be no opportunity to repent. The day of the Lord shall come someday whether we like it or not. The world cannot continue unendingly. There is going to be an end to everything, including repentance. The day of the Lord will not give room to repentance and confession of errors. That is why it is wise for you to repent now and live the life of a true child of God. Doing that makes you better prepared for eternal home. This is the time to prepare.

Prayer: Dear Lord, open my eyes to know how best to prepare myself for Your eternal kingdom, in Jesus name. Amen.