Sunday, August 18, 2019

Joel 2 & 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joel 2 & 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The first part of chapter 2 continues unpacking the calamity established in chapter 1. Hopelessness reigns as priests cry out to God.
  • In the second half of chapter 2, the tone shifts. God tells his people that they are going to be okay. He is going to more than make up for the damage and drought his people have suffered.
  • In chapter 3, God goes on to explain that the people of Israel will be restored and lifted up, while enemy nations will fall. The book of Joel started with anguish but ends with hope. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The Israelites' extreme drought and locust infestations set the stage for God to show his power. The disasters reminded them that they need God.
  • When our lives are going smoothly, it's easy for us to forget just how much we need God. The dark times remind us of our constant need for his light.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you in a dark time in life? Ask God to show you his goodness, and to teach you how to depend on him even more.
  • Is your life going pretty well? Don't lose sight of how much you need God. Thank him for the life he's allowed you to live, and ask him to reveal areas of your life where you can lean on him even more.
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that reviews and summarizes the book of Joel: