Joel 2:21 “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.” (KJV)
Joel the prophet speaks to Israel’s people. He instructs the people of the land to gather together and for the spiritual leaders (priests) to lead in prayer with weeping. Why weeping? Because until we have wept while we pray we do not understand how desperate the LORD wants us to be to seek Him first. It is at the point of desperation that we get serious with God. Serious enough to weep, to “have our hearts break for what breaks His” to borrow a phrase.
After we do this, weep and pray, the LORD will come to us and say, “It is OK! Be happy. Be thankful. I am going to do BIG things.” Verses 21-26 of Joel 2 outline just what He will do! Read these verses. Be amazed at what our God desires to do for us! No Fear!
21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.
22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. (emphasis mine)
King James Version (KJV)
Do you need a miracle today? Are you desperate? Are your tears flowing? Have you sought spiritual leadership through God’s appointed leaders and His Word? Have you prayed or just wished things would change?
One morning, at 3:41 a.m. my phone dinged with a prayer request from one of my favorite peeps. She is desperate. She has been up all night. She is on her knees. She has wept and is weeping. We joined in united prayer. Yes, I woke up, got up, got on my knees before our Heavenly Father to lend aid in the spiritual battle. We both know who holds the keys to unlock hearts and who alone can break the chains binding us. Jesus said in Matthew 18:19-20, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Jesus was with us before God’s throne, taking our pleas and presenting them to His Father and because of His love for Jesus and those who trust Him, He WILL grant our request!!
Our mighty God is saying to us now, “You can be glad and rejoice for I AM is doing great things!” The whole watching world will stand amazed at the changes He will bring. Joel 2 ends with this declaration:
you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.
27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,
that I am the Lord your God,
and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.
Oh, how I pray this infuses your weary soul with HOPE in your situation. Just as a parent is moved with compassion when a child comes weeping with a broken toy in hand seeking help to fix the toy, our Father is moved with compassion when we come to Him with our broken lives seeking healing, restoration, renewal, and redemption. Joel says the LORD will restore all the “locust” has devoured. All He requires is TO BELIEVE!
“I asked God, ‘Why are you taking me through the water?’ He replied, ‘Because your enemies can’t swim.’” From Jesus, the Bible, and Spiritual Wisdom
Treading on with the Lord,