Thursday, February 4, 2016

Joel 3:15-16 -- On Hope in the End

"The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel."
Joel 3:15-16

This verse is talking about a time when the second coming is imminent.  Sun, Moon, and all stars dark.  Sounds incredibly scary, actually.  We're used to a little darkness, but look forward to the light returning consistently.  And it talks about the Lord roaring, which sounds kind of scary as well, even though we love him.  And then an ... well, I was going to say earthquake, but this is the heavens *and* the Earth, so... erm... universequake?  That's scarier than I can imagine, frankly.
And just like in our lives, all this bad stuff seems to pile up; actually, our problems seem pretty silly compared to this, but still.  Stuff piles up, and we complain about how it seems to all compound, but no matter what, and no matter how bad, the Lord will be the hope of his people.  And he will also be our strength.  We are his, and he will come in the worst chapter to deliver us.  Even from a universequake. :)   Let's never doubt that he can save us from lesser things as well, and that the happy ending is there, always waiting for us.  Let's make good decisions in our lives, and ensure that we are his people, dedicated to him.  As we do so, we will grow to know him, and increase our faith and trust, and confidence that everything will be okay in the end.

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