BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
Now is the day of salvation. That seems to be the message of Joel to the southern kingdom of Judah We don't know the date it was written, but he uses an invasion by locusts that have devastated the land, as an illustration of a coming "day of the LORD" when an army will punish the nations for their sin. Through Joel, the LORD urges his people to "return," with Joel adding that because of God's gracious character he may yet relent (2v12-14). As we've seen throughout the Old Testament, we too must take God's warning very seriously too. In Christ, we are assured that he will forgive those who are truly repentant. As you read note what the people are called to.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.