1 Corinthians 2; 1 Kings 15:1-32; Joel 2:12-32
The land of Israel was an important part of the ature of being Jewish. It was, and still is, the Promised Land – the land promised to them by God. As the Jews dealt with the nations around them and the possibility of exile at the hands of foreign governments, Joel spoke a message of hope to the people of Israel: “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, For the Lord has done marvelous things!” (Joel 2:21) In the midst of fear, God sent a message of hope to the people of Israel. He speaks a message of hope to our fears even today. That message, the one Paul described as the foolishness of the cross, is a message of forgiveness and reconciliation with God. So many people today seem to be hopeless. They are separated from God, often by their own admission, and don’t believe that there is any hope for them. No matter how dark things may seem to some people, Joel’s message, the Word of God, that brought hope came at an even darker time for the whole nation of Israel. We are to be like Joel and spread God’s hope and reconciliation to a people without hope.
Dear God, so many around have given up. They no longer dream of better things. They have no relationship with You. They think there is no hope. Show them Your hope and love. Use me to do it. Help me to live in Your hope and show that hope to our world.