What I Read Today:
Hebrews 3; Acts 1; Joel 2; Psalm 29; 1 Chronicles 10; Genesis 32
When times of unrest comes some people will drop into a default mode. For many people that mode could be despair, anger, or fear.
Our current days are no different.
The model is the same. To those who don’t like the political party in power, they see dictatorship around every corner. Some will see communists around every corner. Others will see the rebirth of the Nazis. Lawlessness, anarchy, and chaos will cause fear in many.
Some will turn to Biblical Prophecy for answers. They will point to verses like 2 Timothy 3:1-5, and declare that the end of times is drawing near. They may be right. But if they are right, what does God expect us to do, in times like these? Does God expect us to live in fear of his coming?
Joel 2 tells us what God expects of the church in days like these.
Verses 1-11 describe the scene. He describes days like these as days that cause people to tremble. Days of darkness and gloom with a blackness that devours the air. The feeling of living in a desolate wilderness. Anguish will set in.
Yet in verses 12 to 17 God calls us to prayer and repentance, instead of fear. You see days like these are indications that the church has failed. We’ve failed to make disciples. We’ve failed to call out our leaders, on both sides of the aisle, for not living up to God’s standards. God’s calling us to stop relying on our planning committees and our strategic planners and drop to our knees in repentance and start relying on the spirit of God. That’s what God is telling us to do. We can’t change the world with our own power. We can’t change the world with our programs and plans. Only God’s spirit can change the world and we need to go to God in prayer and repentance first.
Joel goes on in verses 18-27 to tell us that God is a gracious and merciful God who’s looking to give us more than we could ever ask for. He loves us and wants the best for all of humanity. He’s not a God who lives for the chaos and punishment that some believe. No, he is a God who yearns to bestow grace and mercy to all mankind.
Verses 28-32 include verses that Peter used to describe the day of Pentecost. But he also goes on to describe what will happen when the days of this earth are over. The fearful site of the sun being blackened and the moon turning to blood. But at that moment, All who call on the name of Jesus will be saved. The point of the prophecy is not fear but victory. The victory of our Jesus over sin and death. At that moment everyone who calls on Jesus’ name will be saved.
Our job is not to spread fear, but to spread hope! Our job is to tell the world that Jesus loves them and has come to save them! That’s our job!