Monday, April 21, 2014

Joel 2:31-32 -- On Calling Upon God

"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."
Joel 2:31-32

This chapter and the one after it are full of great and interesting information about the last days and the second coming, but this set of verses is what struck me today.  A lot of things are going to happen... good and bad.  The sun turned to darkness?  That seems pretty scary.  Without the sun, no life on Earth, right?  We need it for heat, not just for light.  And the moon to blood?  If the sun is darkness, I wonder what it would be reflecting at that point.  My dad took some pictures of a red moon just recently... luckily it wasn't paired with the sun disappearing, or most of the other things it talks about in these chapters, so we're probably okay. :)  Anyway, so yeah, lots of signs before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes... but after all this scary stuff it says "whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered."  ... That's pretty amazing, and pretty clear.  The Lord provides us a way of escape, just as he has done in the past throughout the scriptures.  And sometimes in those other stories people didn't do it, or didn't believe they could be saved because of something so simple.  Let's not make that mistake.  Today, let's call upon God, and keep calling on him until it is as natural to us as breathing.  And then, when we need to be delivered--from this scariness or any other--we'll be ready.  Not only because we will have learned to go to the Lord in our distress, but because we'll have learned to listen to his warnings and to talk to him even when we just want to thank him for our happiness.  He'll know us when we call to him, and he will deliver us, and help us, and we will never be alone.

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