Joel 3: God Is Just
In Joel 3, we’re faced with a prophecy concerning someday in the future. According to verse one, we don’t know a specific time, but it is obvious that it is a good time for the people of Israel. Those people who had been the oppressors of Israel are going to be judged for what they had done.
Joe 3:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
Joe 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Joe 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
Joe 3:4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;
God is just. God will, in His time, set right everything that has been wrong. We do not live in a world where evil is going to go unpunished. Rather, oppression, among many other offenses, will have consequences.
This is comforting, because it tells me that God cares. He understands that there are things that happen on earth that require justice. He understood that the people of Israel had been treated cruelly for example. We are not alone, and God is not some kind of far-off deity who has no idea what is happening on earth. Instead, He sees what is happening and cares about it. That is our awesome God.