God’s Word Goes Forth: Come to the Lord in Prayer
Joel 2:18-27: Joel says that the Lord promises to bless the people by making the land produce food again and by rescuing them from the locust attack. He instructs them to prepare for God to restore the land and to celebrate God’s generosity. God’s grace will strengthen the faith of the people.
Today's Scripture: Joel 2:26
Now you will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied. You will praise the LORD your God, who has done wonderful things for you. My people will never be despised again.
18 Then the LORD showed concern for his land; he had mercy on his people. 19 He answered them: “Now I am going to give you grain and wine and olive oil, and you will be satisfied. Other nations will no longer despise you. 20 I will remove the locust army that came from the north and will drive some of them into the desert. Their front ranks will be driven into the Dead Sea, their rear ranks into the Mediterranean. Their dead bodies will stink. I will destroy them because of all they have done to you. 21 Fields, don't be afraid, but be joyful and glad because of all the LORD has done for you. 22 Animals, don't be afraid. The pastures are green; the trees bear their fruit, and there are plenty of figs and grapes. 23 Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice at what the LORD your God has done for you. He has given you the right amount of autumn rain; he has poured down the winter rain for you and the spring rain as before. 24 The threshing places will be full of grain; the pits beside the presses will overflow with wine and olive oil. 25 I will give you back what you lost in the years when swarms of locusts ate your crops. It was I who sent this army against you. 26 Now you will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied. You will praise the LORD your God, who has done wonderful things for you. My people will never be despised again. 27 Then, Israel, you will know that I am among you and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other. My people will never be despised again.
What does the Lord promise if the people do what he asks? Can you think of someone with whom you have a damaged relationship? What has to be done to make things right? Would you be willing to apologize? How might the person respond to your apology?
Holy Lord, you work wonders and you do great things. Thank you for the hope and restoration you share with the world. Make me mindful of your generosity, that I may praise you and thank you. Amen.