Joel 1-2 B

Check out Carly’s post from last time.

Something came over me today as I looked back on completing Hosea and drove into this small, powerful book.

Living far away from the community I first came to know the LORD in is difficult. There’s really nothing like it that I’ve found on this side of the Atlantic. However, I know the Messiah has come, and the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth. He’s always been everywhere as the omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent Creator of all things. Therefore, I know that He’s here, and of course with me, as He promises.

Living in a secular, agnostic-at-best, best country tugs at my heart. What is the LORD doing with these people?

Here’s a concerning scene from NBC’s The Good Place:

Chidi Anagonye: I just want to have a little chat about your progress. In the last homework assignment, I asked you to examine the ethics of “Les Misérables”, in which a man steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving family. Would you please read your first paragraph?

Michael: “Everyone in this story sucks and belongs in the Bad Place. The thief is bad, the officer chasing him is bad, all the whiny prostitutes are bad, plus they’re all French, so they’re going to the Bad Place automatically.”

Chidi Anagonye: Do you see how you’re already off-topic?

Michael: I know for a fact that if you steal a loaf of bread, it’s -17 points, – 20 if it’s a baguette, because that makes you more French.

This lands as a good joke for American audiences because of how people in the US generally judge the French. But it’s also a good joke because it’s not true… right?

The first two chapters of Joel dive into the destruction of the land and Jerusalem’s impending doom.

“The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, and who can endure it? ‘Yet even now,’ declares the LORD, ‘return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and morning; and rend your heart and not your garments.’ Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness and relenting of evil.” (2:11b-13)

The LORD halts the invasion to invite the repentance of His people. His plan is restoration, and the salvation of Israel has always been tied to blessing for the whole world.

On this future Day of the LORD “whoever calls on the name of the LORD will be delivered.” (2:32)

I don’t fully knows what all this means, but I find comfort in the heart of the LORD who extends deliverance in the midst of destruction. I have to believe that HE knows what He’s doing and knows best how to draw the hearts of His creation via deep, heart-rending transformation.

In any case He is worthy of all our adoration and praise. Worship and devotion belongs no where else. What a Mighty God we serve!


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