Week 33   Day 3

 

Joel lived through a great national disaster 

            locusts had come

            and defoliated

            their land completely

            destroying crops and pasturelands

            plus it was a time of drought 

 

Never had anyone seen

            or heard of

            anything so devastating 

 

People were afraid they would be wiped out

            even lose their lives.

 

 

Joel saw the disaster

            as opportunity 

A time for people to return to God

            and he told them so

 

His remedy was to

            declare a holy community day 

Everybody come 

            pray and worship 

            reason with God 

            plead with God 

            for the deliverance you need 

Remember it is God who saves.

 

 

 

                                             JOEL'S FAITH

  Repent and pray; God may turn this tragedy into a blessing.

                                                Joel 1 & 2

 

1The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

     2Hear, you elders, and give ear, all inhabitants of the land!

     Has anything like this happened, even in the days of your fathers?

     3Tell your children about it, let your children tell their children

     And their children another generation.

4What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten;

     What the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten;

     What the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten.

5Awake, you drunkards; weep and wail.

     6A nation has come against My land, strong without number;

     His teeth are the teeth of a lion; he has the fangs of a fierce lion.

     7He has laid waste My vine, and ruined My fig tree.

8Lament like a virgin in sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

     9The grain offering and the drink offering

     Have been cut off from the house of the Lord;

     The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord.

     10The field is wasted, the land mourns;

     For the grain is ruined, the new wine is dried up, the oil fails.

11Be ashamed, you farmers, wail, for the wheat and the barley;

     Because the harvest has perished.  12The vine has dried up,

     And the fig tree has withered; the pomegranate tree also,

     And the apple tree--all the trees of the field are withered;

     Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.

13Lament, you priests; come, lie all night in sackcloth.

     14Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the elders

     And all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord

     And cry out to the Lord.

15Alas for the day!  For the day of the Lord is at hand;

     It shall come as destruction.  16 Is not food cut off,

     And joy and gladness from the house of our God?

     17Seed shrivels under the clods, storehouses are in shambles;

     Barns are broken down, for the grain has withered.

19 O Lord, fire has devoured the open pastures,

     And a flame has burned all the trees of the field.

     20The beasts of the field also cry out to You,

     Water brooks are dried up; fire has devoured the open pastures.

13So rend your heart, and not your garments;

     Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful,

     Slow to anger, and of great kindness;

     14Who knows if He will relent, and leave a blessing behind Him?
                 This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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