Today you should read: Joel 1
The book of Joel was written by Joel the son of Pethuel (1:1). We don’t know much more about him. He was quoted by Peter in his great sermon in Acts 2 (2:16-21).
His name means – The Lord is God. Nothing is known about his personal life. There are 12 other men in the Old Testament that have his name, but none of them can be identified with the author of this book. What we do know is that he is familiar with farming and geography and that he prophesied in Judah (we know this because he talks about Judah and about Jerusalem and he knows much about the temple and the priest’s role).
He begins this discourse with an appeal for Israel to repent – to listen (v. 2) and to wake up (v.5). He warns them that destruction is coming unless they change. He tells them to mourn about the state they are in and about what is to come.
… drunkards should mourn (v.5-7)
… land should mourn (v. 8-10)
… farmers should mourn (v. 11-12)
…priests should mourn (v. 13)
He calls them to repentance in verse 14.
Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. Bring the leaders and all the people of the land into the Temple of the LORD your God, and cry out to him there. The day of the LORD is near, the day when destruction comes from the Almighty. How terrible that day will be! (vs. 14-15)
In the remainder of the chapter, he tells of how bad the plague will be. He informs them of what will happen. He paints a word picture of utter destruction.
Joel’s call is for repentance. What is repentance? It’s a change of direction – a 180 in our lives. It means to acknowledge our sin and turn from it leaving it behind us. It calls for us to take steps of action and to be accountable to someone for healing and restoration in our lives.
What is there in your life that God is calling you to repent of?
Repentance first happens when we meet Jesus. We acknowledge our sin (Romans 3:10-12) and turn from it. We ask Jesus to come into our lives and change us (Psalm 51:10).
Often sin has a way of creeping back into the mix. The very things we repent from when we turn to Jesus, often crop back up. Sometimes even new things come into the picture.
Acts 3:19 warns us:
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
Many of us remember the promise found in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
If my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
What is God trying to get your attention about today? What does He want you to repent of and change? Take steps of action…
- Acknowledge it as sin (Psalm 51:4)
- Confess it to God (1 John 1:9)
- Remove it from your life
- Get accountability to keep it at bay
- Live victoriously through Jesus (2 Peter 1:3)
Posted by: Tim Parsons