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Return to the Lord

John Collins05/30/2012
The Lord spoke through the prophet Joel in Joel 2, telling the people to return to the Lord.

The Lord said that the children of Israel should return to Him with all their heart, with fasting and weeping, with mourning and rending of garments.  He sid that He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast Love.

God told the people to gather themselves together for worship, from the priests down to the little nursing infants.  They should make their heritage a godly one, not a reproach to him among the nations.  

The Lord had pity for his people and was sending them mercy.  He would drive away their enemies and send His blessings on them.  They should no longer fear, but rejoice and be glad for the things God would do for them.  They would have assurance that He was in their midst, and that he was the Lord their God and no one else.  

He promised that he would pour out his Spirit on all flesh.  Their sons and their daughters would prophesy, and their old men would dream dreams.  Their young men would see visions.  Even their servants would have the blessing of His spirit.

When the great day came, He would show signs in the heavens and the earth.  The people would know that it was the hour of his blessing, and from that day forth everyone who calls on the name of the Lord would be saved.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we beg for His mercy and return to Him with all our hearts?  Do we realize that He is slow to anger and abounds in steadfast Love for us?    Do we accept His promise that He would pour out His spirit among us?  Do we call on His name for our salvation?