Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Rending Our Hearts: Joel 2
I'm currently participating in Beth Moore's Esther study for the second time. It is a study filled with great truth on destiny and finding God when His name is nowhere in a circumstance. One of the studies for this week tied Esther 4 to Joel 2. Joel is one of those minor prophets that you've read once or twice if you've read through the Bible. What I love is the way she ties it to Esther. Even the repetition of phrases seems intentional, which shouldn't surprise us since all books were inspired by the same Holy Spirit.
In this particular session she highlighted how the public morning of the Jews reflected their understanding that the King's edict was a result of their turning from God. How many times have we been in the middle of a crisis and then came to realize and understand that it was a result of stepping out from God's protection.
It has me asking where there are areas in my life where I need to repent. One thing God continues to hammer home to me is that He is a holy God. As a holy God, He demands holiness from us. If we have areas that aren't subject to His cross, then they aren't holy. They can't be. Lord, where are there areas in my life that fail to meet Your standards?
“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.
Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings
for the Lord your God. (Joel 2:12-14)