Joel 2: Making Decisions
In Joel 2, we have a mighty army coming at the people of Israel, and they are going to do damage. There is no way that the people can theoretically stop them by themselves. However, there is something that can be done.
Joe 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
Joe 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
I find it interesting because God is rather clear with the people of Israel throughout the Old Testament. You can live in His way and reap the benefits of that, or you can live in opposition to Him and have to handle the consequences. It really is not the most complicated system, and this is another instance of what had been going on for the people of Israel.
I think that we face a very similar choice now. I don’t know that the consequences are always as severe as they were for the people of Israel, but we are faced with dilemmas all the time. We can either do what we know God wants us to do, or we can go it on our own.
Certainly, there are times where what we want to do lines up with what God wants us to do. I know that is possible. However, I also know that there are times where we know that the Bible specifically tells us certain things, and we willfully do other things. We’re all guilty of it.
Our response needs to be the same. We need to turn to God. He is gracious and merciful. He will forgive. Just like the people of Israel, we need to turn away from the wrong. I know it is easy to say and much more difficult to do, but it seems to be what we need to work towards.