This is the first of a series on minor prophets (the last 12 books of the Old Testament).
There was a national emergency, a plague of locusts had devastated the land, there was a food shortage and this was a desperately difficult time for the people living in Judah.
Turn around when possible.
God was calling his people back to him, but it is unclear from the book of Joel whether they responded or not.
Has anything changed?
Many of us follow the same all powerful God but when things go wrong do we call on him or do we try to cope alone?
Is God saying the exact same thing to us today?
Will you turn around when possible?
Joel’s message has so much hope in it. For everyone who turns to him, God promises to restore everything that has been lost and he even promises a time (which we are now living in) in which he will give his greatest gift which is his very presence (the Holy Spirit).
In the midst of a dark and tragic situation, Joel reminds his listeners that God’s light, hope and presence are available. It really is true that the light shines the brightest in the darkest of places and that everyone living in darkness and despair can turn to God and receive his life and hope.
How about us? How much do we involve and call on God in our lives?
Will we turn to God when possible?
God is waiting for us! Joel encourages us to return to the Lord your God who is ‘merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love’ (Joel 2.13).
At Orchard Baptist we are currently working through the minor prophets on Sunday mornings and each week I will post something about one of the prophet’s key message. If you want to know more, you can hear the talk on the OBC website.