It is a provision He can offer to every single one of us.
Reference: “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.” Joel 2:30 NIV
Explore: When I was growing up we used to have a hobby farm in the northern part of Victoria. In the Summer it was dry and hot and all the insects seemed to multiply in the thousands.
I have never seen a locust plague before, but from my experience on the farm, I could see how devastating they would be. Anything that has life and hope is stripped bare and left for dead.
The same happens to an area when a flood, a fire or a cyclone tears through a place. The destruction left behind takes a long time to recover from.
Application: I think there can be things like that in our lives too. A situation or a person that rips into our lives only to leave us stripped bare and losing all hope.
At times we can guard ourselves from such people, but when life delivers a cyclone of events that are beyond our control, it’s hard to move through them with your head held high. That’s when our faith makes a significant difference in our lives.
In Joel 2, the prophet speaks of the destruction left behind by locusts that devour everything in sight. But then he introduces God into the mix.
It is God who brings protection, sustenance, hope, a future, pride, vision, salvation and deliverance. This is not a list of gifts God only held for the people of the time, it is a provision He can offer to every single one of us.
Life will bring devastation but we have a God who will provide.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the provision we have in You. May we plant ourselves firmly in Your love as we endure the storms of our world. Amen.
What has devastated you? How have you seen God’s provision?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.