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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Does it pay to earnestly repent and seek God’s face?  Joel the prophet would answer, “Unequivocally Yes!” 

He was given the task of describing the coming destruction.  Listen to Joel 1:4, “What the Locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten.” 

He issued a call to repentance in the light of this impending judgment.  In chapter 2 he amplified what was going to take place and again called for deep repentance. Citing the character of God he wistfully declares, “Who knows?  He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing.” 

But his call was not primarily for the people to receive a blessing.  He was concerned foremost for God’s glory.  He didn’t want the surrounding nations to ask, “Where is their God?” 

Well, when you get things right with God so that He can demonstrate His power and blessing in and through you, even you will be surprised at what happens.  What the locust swarms devoured will be restored.  But you will not only receive what you need.  You will be empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit to represent God in amazing ways and all who see and believe as a result will come to salvation. 

This is what happened on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2.  In fact Peter explained what the Holy Spirit was doing at that time was a direct fulfillment of what Joel predicted.  I believe we would see the same in our day if true, heart rending repentance took place in our churches.

 

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