“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Joel 2:12-13
An apparent swarm of locusts devastates Judah, destroying crops and food supplies. The prophet Joel uses this invasion to describe another coming invasion, the Day of the Lord, when God will bring all mankind to an ultimate accounting for their lives and deeds. Despite the heaviness of Joel’s prophecy, he urges the people to fast and pray and repent – “rend your hearts” to stay God’s judgment. Our world today is in chaos in many ways, yet many people are blind to what’s going on. The Day of the Lord, His judgment is still coming. Thank God that Jesus is also still returning. Jesus is still in the business of reconciling man to God through his redemption on the cross. Pass it on while it is still today.