READING: JOEL 2:18-27
TOPIC: GOD’S MERCY AND FAITHFULNESS.
2 Chronicles 7:14 states “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” Joel had stated in 2: 1 3 that God “is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and relents from doing harm.” Immediately God saw the genuiness of the heart of the people seeking Him, He promised to
i. send them grain, new wine and oil (i.e. food in abundance),
ii. remove their reproach and shame among the nations,
iii. remove far from them any military threats ,
iv. give food for the domestic/wild animals through restoration of vegetation, and
v. restore rain at its right time (i.e. no more famine)
It is true that God is the same today, who will never forsake us; although in love He chastises us if we go astray; He is always ready to restore us to fellowship with Him if only we repent and seek Him truly. Is there any sin preventing you from reaching God? If the answer is positive, then you are to call upon Him now; He is ready to rescue you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive my sin and take away every reproach from me and remember to bless me.