We continue with our series on the Minor Prophets and what they were saying to their communities.
This week we are up to the prophet Joel. Essentially Joel calls the people of Judah and Jerusalem to lament and return to the Lord. It is a time of great national catastrophe symbolised by a locust plague and embodied by the Day of the Lord. Yet this ‘day’ also holds hope for those who trust in God. God’s covenant faithfulness is seen by his dwelling with his people and his Spirit on all people.
We often see great calamities around us and we wonder where God is in all of this. We too, long for a final judgement where all things will be made right. But it’s only because of Jesus and his gift of our right standing that we are in relationship with God. We are the blessed ones to receive the promise of the Holy Spirit as God's actual presence with us.
Joel is well worth a read.