Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Say to the nations far and wide: “Get ready for war! Call out your best warriors. Let all your fighting men advance for the attack. Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors. Come quickly, all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley.” And now, O Lord, call out your warriors! “Let the nations be called to arms. Let them march to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I, the Lord, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full.
This prophecy of Joel serves as a constant reminder for me that the events which take place in our world are all supervised by an omnipotent and sovereign God.
The tenor of Joel speaking for God would get him a 15-yard penalty in a football game for taunting the opponent. “C’mon, give me your best shot; is that all you got?” God is challenging all the kings and rulers of the earth to gather all their resources, armies, weapons, and every ounce of human strength they possess to bring it for the day of battle.
And in the middle of this invitation to come fight against the LORD, JHWH pauses and declares that what will happen won’t be a fair fight. He will simply sit in the middle of it all and pronounce judgment on the whole lot…the harvest will be instantaneous, the sickle of judgment will fall and squeeze the grapes of wrath for all they’re worth!
It won’t be a battle; it will be a massacre – all JHWH’s proud and defiant enemies will fall like a dandelion flattened by an atomic bomb!
The questions always immediately follow; when, where, how, what, why…and the Bible has plenty of clues for all that.
But, for me, the meaning of it all isn’t wrapped up in those questions or timelines or geography lessons. For me it is that calm assurance that God has this in His hands. Ultimately, no matter who is president, whether the Democrats or Republicans control the House, or if the Cubs ever win another World Series, God has this.
And it is settled!
Can you go about your business today with that calm assurance? Can you trust Him today?