Joel 2:21 Don’t be afraid, O land.
Be glad now and rejoice,
for the Lord has done great things.
Joel contrasts God’s judgment with His forgiveness. While sin brings judgment, forgiveness brings rejoicing. Unless we allow God to intervene in our lives regarding our sin, we won’t be able to rejoice on the day of judgment. Although He doesn’t promise prosperity for His followers in the here and now, God does promise to restore our relationship with Him and meet our deepest needs of love, forgiveness and purpose. He also promises to give us a caring Christian community.
My reading schedule this week:
September 17 Daniel 10-12
September 18 Ezra 1-3
September 19 Ezra 4-6; Psalm 137
September 20 Haggai 1-2
September 21 Zechariah 1-7
September 22 Zechariah 8-14
September 23 Esther 1-5