Scripture: Joel 1-3. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The people of Judah had turned their backs against God, becoming self-centered and turning to idolatry and other sins. Joel was a prophet to the nation of Judah, and he warned the people that this particular type of lifestyle would lead to God’s judgement upon them. Joel, the prophet, begins by describing a plague of locusts that would cover the land and destroy all of the crops. The devastation brought about by the locusts would serve as a taste of God’s judgment that was coming – which Joel called “the day of the Lord.” Follow along in this short Book of the Bible, Joel 1-3!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
As Joel teaches in this Book of the Bible, sin does bring God’s judgment; however, with God’s justice, there is also mercy. God wants us to be great role models to others. When we share our life stories with others, especially younger people, it helps them repeat our successes and avoid our mistakes. We must trust God with all of our hearts, looking forward to the final day, which should bring us hope, because all who are faithful to God will be united with Him and their loved ones forever. We are nothing without God. Also, without God, destruction is sure to happen. We must cling close to Him at all times. We also should not allow anything to hold us back from turning to and obeying Him. Our God promises to meet the deepest needs of those who love Him, whether it is by loving us, forgiving us, giving us a purpose in life, or by giving us other caring Christian people around us. The Bible is always reminding us of God’s love for us and His gift of forgiveness. Our God is a very merciful, loving, and forgiving Father, and He is waiting for His children to repent and turn back to Him. God is in complete control of our lives and the world events that happen. Everything is in God’s hands. We can look forward to the day when all evil will be destroyed, and we will one day live in eternity with our Heavenly Father and loved ones. What a wonderful day that will be. 🙂
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Joel and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.