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(374) 10 January : Proverbs 20v3 / Joel 2v18-3v21 / Psalm 83v5-12

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
No matter how bad things may get, the LORD can restore then. And so he promises that the army that will devastate Judah will be driven away and the land restored to a state of prosperity. Moreover, the Spirit of God will be poured out, heralding a coming day of the LORD when the nations will be judged for what they have done and God's people will find him a refuge to them. Peter declared this coming of the Spirit fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, meaning that now is the time to call on the name of the Lord and be saved (Acts 2v17-21). This should unsettle us if we have not yet done so. But it should encourage us if we have. Final justice for all wrongs is close - and with it, the kingdom of God. As you read note what is predicted.
Joel 2:18-3:21

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.

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