God’s people were going through a rocky time. There was calamity. There was war, difficulty, and divisiveness. Amid all that was happening, the Lord sent great encouragement through Joel.
Joel 2:12-13 encourages, “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”
Notice the Lord’s declaration…
- Even now, though you have caused calamity.
- Even now, though the decisions that have been made left you in a whirlwind.
- Even now, though you feel you’ve messed up horribly.
…Return to me.
We can return because of the Lord’s character. In verse 13, Joel is referring to the Lord’s own words in Exodus 34:6.
“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
Remember the Lord’s encouragement today. Even now, though life is rocky and messed up, we can return to him.
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