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Hope In A Time Of Destruction

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Joel 1:1-20 KJV
(1) The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
(2) Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
(3) Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
(4) That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
(5) Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
(6) For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.
(7) He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.
(8) Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
(9) The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.
(10) The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
(11) Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.
(12) The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
(13) Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.
(14) Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,
(15) Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
(16) Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?
(17) The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
(18) How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
(19) O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.
(20) The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

One knows the judgment of God is upon a people when the water is dried up and the land is desolate. One can only imagine the horror that will come when the world is upside down in production of life and liberty. Everyone will face the judge, but judgment for the believer came at the time of repentance. It does not mean one will not face global or earthly judgment or a judgment of war. It only means the eternal judgment is one that is faced with the knowledge of faith or/and unbelief.

How did Prophets know about judgment no doubt some had witnessed perhaps battle and others perhaps the destruction of famine or fire. The desolation of tragedy. To keep diseases from spreading from disaster, things would be completely destroyed or annihilated. The idea of coming up with a cure was unheard of and the problem of people being ill that caused great plagues were seen as issue that could be handle by fire or a siege on a land. When the water is dried up it means all the resources are gone. The animals dying because of lack of water, and human dying that have no wine to wash away the thirst of yesterday. The carcass of any animal remaining was used as meat and then human flesh would be the next thing that would be eaten. Turning mothers into killers of their offspring for a meal. The horror of judgment is far greater then one can imagine when one thinks of warriors coming to destroy a people who had no hope of survival. Yet people that had hope where those that repented, no only when it came to salvation of God. The only hope to not meet destruction would be rain upon the land and abundance of earthly healing for crops and such. At the time of exile for Israel the land of south went through a terrible famine. Much so that it effect even the coloring of the skin of the people. Yet there armies that were strong and mighty that went through both Israel and Babylon running to and fro through the city streets even going through windows as if they were doors.

America is a great land but it has not seen war on its shores for years, no that is a myth too in some ways. Yet the knowledge of problems is short lived by error of our time. Computers have made the knowledge of what going in the our land quick, that even government is searching for ways to control the information highway. The word of mouth and rumors spread like wildfire. A gang war, a group that rises up against political force in protest, or even the streets marchers that are gassed is only a sign of war that is being controlled. No one thinks about it has war but just another protest that is silence or only encourage to rise up even more. Any gathering of people are consider a potential war or revolution.

Ancients times is different then our world today. Ancient way of handle problems often meant ethnic cleansing of the land because of disease or things of destruction of a people. In that time there was no way to control issues of harm of mass destruction, without destroying the problem. Today with science and technology and medicine most plague potentials can be controlled to a degree. The idea of killing a group comes less and less. Yet people of war fail to realize the ability to heal is greater then the ability to destroy. Ignorance is just that. One can heal or one can destroy.

The world around us without the technology of our world goes through ancient rituals our world does not understand. And yet the ability to understand can become clear with education why some things happened and why something were used. Ethnic cleansing because of a race, nation, or for just because of hate should never be. Yet man when dealing with enemies come up with ideas used to protect one from health problems. Yet the problem still arose of the illness do to refuges running into healthier places. Whole cities in ancient times would be surrounded and burned with no escape. In war, towns were pillaged and laid to siege for destruction. Two types of war happening a purging of life style and purging of economic and political control.

Godís purging is a like a purging of a disease. The world is fortunate it has not utterly been destroyed by the wrath of God. Yet God promised not a global flood again, but never promised not a global fire again. A rain of brimstone is coming to the earth, and yet only a few falling stars can even begin to give people that idea of this event. Open fields were burned in the plain states often thought the Indians were being devils that were trying to destroy white man, only to later learn they were purging their fields, to cleanse their land. Technique still used today in forestry but hopefully in control burn. God burns an open field one has to ask why. When nature forces are against man what is happening.

Man looks at the Bible and see man calling out to God to save them from destruction and laughs of the idea of God to save them. Yet God reality is true. God created the universe do we understand all the ends and outs, No. When man calls on God either man is delivered from the earth or finds help in a time of trouble. If they never called on God would help still arrive. Only the stories of those needing aid know the truth of this question. Those knowing hope knowing crying out the God might seem fruitless for a moment but those with faith know the power of the one true God and Savior Jesus Christ. Those seeking hope today need only to surrender their life to God and repent of sin and seek the hope of deliverance through his might acts of love.

Dear Heavenly Father you are the God of hope in the middle of destructive storms. In the fire of the wrath of man and your wrath that will come. Enable our unbelief and allow us to call on your name in humble repentance of sin. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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