- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Joel 2
The day of the Lord.
The day of the Lord which is prophesized by Joel has dual message. It is the message of judgement for the wicked and it is the message of salvation for the righteous.
The judgement on the day of the Lord was described in what the locusts did. (1:4). The locusts symbolize that dreadful day approach with the relentless and devastating force of a powerful army. It was totally aggressive and destructive, with darkness, fire, mighty army. And the nations are in anguish.
The day of the Lord also is the day of salvation, the day of being glad and rejoice. Nations will be rejoicing in the Lord with plentiful riches. The day of the Lord is the day of outpouring of the spirit and the signs foretelling the great day for all people, young and old, to dream dreams, to see visions.
How can the day of the Lord as the day of judgement be turned to the day of Lord as the day of salvation? It is repentance, to return to God who is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. (v13). The priest is called to do three things; blowing the trumpet, gathering the people, and weeping before the Lord.
Then, God’s salvation is open to all who calls on the name of the Lord (v.32)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?