Sound the alarm!
The prophet Joel was trying to wake up the clueless people of Judah. They had wandered back into worshipping all of the false gods that surrounded them. They took their eyes off of the One True God and he was not going to let them ignore him very much longer.
So Joel spoke warning after warning to the people of Judah. He pled for them rededicate their hearts to the Lord. God promised his compassion and grace if they would return to him. He promised to pour out his spirit upon them if they would call upon his name.
There were some sparks of rededication but they really didn’t change. They continued down the path towards God’s punishment.
Do we receive any warnings?
What if our finances become all messed up and we’re sinking into debt. Is that God letting us know that we need to get our finances right with Him so that he can bless us?
What if our relationships are getting all messed up and it’s just getting worse and worse. Is that God telling us we need to get our relationship straight with him so he can help us change and grow in our wisdom of how to deal with others?
Maybe this isn’t the right thing to do.
I don’t think I should be saying this.
What am I doing?
How did I get here? This isn’t where I want to be.
These are some of the warnings God sends into our minds today. He doesn’t have to speak through prophets anymore because he lives in the hearts of those who believe in him. And he speaks these warnings into our minds…..
so we can listen…..
and turn back to him….
and he can pour out his love, compassion, strength and wisdom upon us.
Come, dear God.