The Israelites had a long history of passing down to generation after generation their stories. The story of God’s interaction in their lives; usually these stories were centered on God’s deliverance provision, restorer, redeemer, the Great I AM. In chapter one the Prophet Joel tells the Israelites that they are to tell the generations to follow of the great locust swarm and what was left behind. And of course what the locusts left behind was absolutely nothing. They devoured, ate and destroyed until nothing was left; every bit of vegetation – gone!
Today, we still have similar plaques but we no longer consider them a judgment from God; although maybe we should. God uses the things in our lives to draw us back to him, much as He is using the plague of locusts in Joel. His purpose isn’t to destroy or make our life miserable. Although I admit there were times when I wondered. Let me assure you that is not case!
God’s whole purpose in creating us was to have a relationship with us. And all He asks of that relationship is that He would be first and foremost on our minds and in our hearts and of course that might mean that we are obedient to His calling. OBEDIENCE a word that many simply don’t like. The Israelites, as we have seen, have gone so far off course that God is doing all he can to get their attention. God wants to restore the relationship He is calling them back to repentance to a renewed and right relationship. God wants to bless us to pour His love into us; when we repent, turn away from our self-centered ways and look to Him, God restores not only the relationship but promises to restore to us what was lost and then some. We saw this in Job and we see this here in chapter 2 of Joel.
Until next time – Be encouraged