Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. I can so relate to the words of that old hymn. Do you tend to wander from God? It is a normal habit in Christendom. We come to Christ, broken and weak. God heals us and fixes our mess. Life comes in and steals the fire of our salvation. Before we know it, we’re testing the line of sin, walking with our old crowd, forgetting our daily time with God. Prone to Wonder. Then God steps in to remind you, “you are Mine”. Maybe a hard season, maybe a gentle nudge. Back to God, we turn and we see that He said Be Still. Today we will see that to Be Still we need to rejoice in the Great Things God Has Done. And God has done great things hasn’t He?!?!?
We are looking 13 Promises of God to help us overcome fear and be still. Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
Joel 2:21 Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the Lord has done great things.
The Context of Joel 2:21
Today’s verse finds us near the end of the Old Testament in a small book we tend to overlook. Though it is small it is packed with prophecy and application to our lives almost 3000 years later!
Some things to know about the context before we begin:
- The writing of Joel is hard to date but many believe he was sent to Israel after their return from captivity.
- Joel 2 contains a complex warning that many commentaries argue about.
- Is God warning Israel about two attacks?
- One by locusts and another by a strong army?
- Or is the Prophet poetically describing the army of locusts in the second half?
- For today we will not get into that but it is fascinating if you have time.
- Is God warning Israel about two attacks?
- Israel actually listened to Joel, heading the warning of God.
Joel contains promises that apply both to Israel then and to us today if we will turn from wandering from God.
Observations from Joel 2:21 – Eyes to See the Great Things God has done
Whatever the nature of the attack in Joel 2:1-11, we can all agree it is terrifying to even imagine. God obviously starts with the locusts because Israel experienced a plague of locusts once before in Egypt.
Locusts come in swarms and can decimate an entire plant ecosystem in days. Everyone has to eat so the thought of the impending famine would bring anyone to their knees!
Has there been a swarm of locusts come through and ravage your life?
Maybe you lost a job, only to find you were sick (now without insurance). Have your grown children begun walking in rebellion to their faith in God?
Not sure what spiritual locusts might look like? For me, it’s been:
- 30 years of anxiety
- Years of struggling through a difficult marriage
- Mothering a child with special needs,
- Living on one income and the fear of poverty.
- Chronic Illness and chronic pain
In this season I find my self spiritually dry. The locusts of life have decimated the energy I had and there is could easily be a famine.
Application of Joel 2:21 – Rejoice when God does Great Things
But the Lord has done great things and it is marvelous
The truth is, through every season where hard things have come in and destroyed some area of my life, God has been there.
God comes in and restores what is broken. Oh, how I wish He would step in before the locusts come to ravage my life but He doesn’t. God allows the hard times and I am sort of thankful.
Because I have walked through hard seasons I know God is bigger than my problems.
Have you seen God do great things in your life?
- God saved my lost husband.
- He took the desire to drink away and we are walking in remission from alcoholism.
- The broken pieces that came from abuse have given me grace and compassion to help countelss women.
- Provision came in miraculous ways.
- Healing came through tragedy.
All along the way God has been preparing you for the calling He put on your life.
If we are children of God we can trust that God is good. Yes God is good, even when life is hard! Not only is God love, but God is faithful. We can give Glory to God for all things, the good, bad and ugly becuase He has a plan that is for our good.God's plan for your life will include hard things but you can trust that God's grace is sufficient to get you through the hard times. Click To Tweet
Final Thoughts on Joel 2:21 – Remember that God has Done Great Things
How do we survive the hard times of life?
Remember that the Lord has done great things for us!
Have you heard songs on the great things God has done? This one has so many amazing points. Listen to how many times God has done great things is in the lyrics! It really helps me remember, when I sing it in praise to God!
God’s Promise to heal us when we are broken
:25 Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming locust has eaten…
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Will you turn to Him instead of wondering from Him when life get’s hard?
A Prayer to Be still and Remember that God has Done Great Things
I praise You and thank You for all the great things the Lord has done as I cry out “God, help me.” Also, how can I every thank you enough for God’s forgiveness for every single time I’ve wondered?
Help me remember all the Great things, miraculous things that have come every time I pressed into God, Abiding in You instead of walking away and trying to fix things myself. Today I glorify You and give You freedom to move in my heart, reveal what You want to change and have Your own way.
Father, I repent of the sin that so easily tangles me up. Show me how to turn from it and toward You to avoide anothe devastating season of locusts. I trust You and choose to be still with you instead of being filled with fear and anxiety today.