Joel 1: Perseverance
Welcome to Joel! It is only three chapters long, so we will not be here very long. This book surrounds a plague. It seems as if locusts have come to the people of Israel, and they are in dire straits because of it. However, the thing that particularly stood out to me about this chapter is the fact that we are advised right from the beginning to not let this information pass away.
Joe 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
Joe 1:2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
Joe 1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
I think that this stood out to me because as you read the rest of the chapter, this is not a good time for the people. It is a time of suffering and mourning, but the people are encouraged to remember it.
This is not a popular message for today. We often times try to brush away suffering because we want to go from the mountaintop to another mountaintop. We forget that there certainly can be and many times are significant valleys in our lives. It is not always easy, but it seems that here in Joel there is value in remembering these times. There is value in understanding that we sometimes have to persevere.
It is difficult topic. On one hand, perseverance is a value that seems to be shown here in Joel. We talk about suffering because there is some value in it. However, in order to take advantage of that value, it means that you have to go through. Nobody wants to do that.
I do think though that since a difficult times are indeed a reality on earth and no one is immune, it is actually incredibly comforting to know that there is something to be gained from it.