Thursday, April 19, 2018

Joel 3:16 -- On Hope in the Midst of Chaos

"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 3:16

This verse is from a prophecy of things that will happen before the Second Coming, and there are a lot of scary things in these chapters.  What I really like in this verse is the idea that "the Lord will be the hope of his people."  I think that holds true now, just as it will then.  Bad things are going to happen, whether it is now or as it gets closer to the Second Coming.  No one gets through life without some obstacles and tragedy.  No matter how bad it gets, though, there is *always* hope to be found in the Lord.  He is the reason that we don't have to be afraid of the things that are happening around us in the world.

Today, let's remember that the Lord is our hope, even when the heavens and earth are shaking around us.  Let's trust in him, and not be afraid.  He will help us with whatever we face, even in the midst of all the chaos around us.

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