Joel 1:13-20 (17)
Joel was a prophet to the country of Judah, otherwise called the Northern Kingdom. The motivation behind this book was to caution Judah of God's approaching judgment due to their transgressions and to encourage them to turn around to God. Why? Individuals of Judah had become prosperous and self-satisfied. Underestimating God, they had turned to conceit, excessive admiration, and sin. Joel cautions them that this sort of way of life will definitely bring down God's judgment.
In the first twelve verses, Joel predicts a plague of locusts that was to come. What do locusts do? They eat every green thing in sight. They can devour acres of crops in a manner of minutes. Now let us look at this passage of Scripture again.
A FAST was a timeframe when no food was eaten and individuals moved toward God with lowliness, distress for transgression, and pressing supplication. In the Old Testament, individuals frequently abstained during seasons of catastrophe to concentrate on God and exhibit their shift in perspective and genuine commitment (Judges 20:26; 1 Kings 21:27; Ezra 8:21; Jonah 3:5).
The "Day of the Lord" is a typical expression in the Old Testament and in the book of Joel (2:1, 2:11, 2:31, 3:14). It generally alludes to some unprecedented occurring, regardless of whether a current occasion (like a plague of locusts), a near future event (like the annihilation of Jerusalem or the enemy nations defeat), or the last time of history when God will overcome every one of the powers of evil.
Without God, the destruction is certain. The people who have not by and by acknowledged God's adoration and pardoning will remain before him with no allure. Make certain to call upon God's affection and leniency while we have the chance.
Now let us look at another passage of Scripture.
The Syrians had abandoned the God who could save them, depending rather on their idols and their own solidarity. Regardless of how effective they were, God's judgment was certain. Regularly we rely upon the features of accomplishment (costly vehicles, past occasions, garments, homes, and so on) to give us satisfaction. Be that as it may, God says we will procure anguish and torment in the event that we have relied upon fleeting things to give us everlasting security. In the event that we do not want a similar treatment Damascus received or as others in the Bible, we should abandon these bogus allurements and put our faith and trust in God.
In the book of Amos 4:1-13, it tells of the prophet Amos who tells Israel to repent, for the people had refused to turn to God. these people were more interested in serving themselves and would not submit to God’s will.
Are individuals of the church today comparably corrupt if they are living like the people in these passages of Scripture? Has the Spiritual Seed that we are called to plant become rotten? Have we become rotten seed? What will God have to do with the people of today to cause them to get their hearts directly in line with God? What should befall Christians that will cause them to start to be as Christ wants them to be? Is it safe to say that we have become a Church of Casual Christianity? Is it safe to say that we are Cardboard Cutout Christians? What will it take to bring us back to God?