Thoughts on Joel 3
O-oh, you’re gonna get it.
“What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily. (Joel 3:4 ESV)
It’s like when my 4 year old son tries to ‘fight’ me and I’m like, “Really son?” As humans, we often forget our place – and size – compared to the All-mighty powerful God. I am very grateful that God’s patience is great towards me. As a father, I understand my son’s frustration and I know that he just needs to learn more about me – and how much I love him. God, as my heavenly Father, probably thinks the same way about me.
Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. (Joel 3:9 ESV)
As someone who avoids conflict as much as I can, I don’t understand what it means to prepare and go to war. It must take a lot of preparation – mentally and physically.
The Lord roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the Lord is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel. (Joel 3:16 ESV)
Love this image! Roar!!!