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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
The Latter Rain

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Joel 2:1-32 KJV
(1) Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
(2) A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
(3) A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
(4) The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
(5) Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
(6) Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
(7) They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
(8) Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
(9) They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
(10) The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
(11) And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
(12) Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
(13) And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
(14) Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
(15) Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
(16) Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
(17) Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
(18) Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
(19) Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
(20) But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.
(21) Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
(22) Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
(23) Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
(24) And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
(25) And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
(26) And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
(27) And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
(28) And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
(29) And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
(30) And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
(31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
(32) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Any poor person knows the hardship of not knowing where their last meal will come from, or if they is hope for blessings from above. Time of desolation cause by war or people trampling through a town or village can cause hardship on a small town. It the aftermath of destruction that will hurt, not the time of bounty and selling that will not. Price index soars because the volume for the crowd is now low. To buy in bulk and resell is advantage. To buy in small amounts one can only hope to make ends meet. Business world known this for years. And the raise the bulk price up at times to offset where people buy in bulk.

Israel was a nation that would go through war and not just one war but many wars. The hope in the God for the blessings to come after the invasion and the locust of armies gone from their nation leaving them with only the poor and taking the wealth and the able out of the cities and countryside for sale into bondage. If Israel grew again it be because Israel had repented and the king of a foreign nation had compassion on a people not his own. These people returning would come by the hundreds as well. Supplied with plenty of items to rebuild, the hope of Israel being totally free would come. Yet what about this time of winter. The hardship of troubles of war in the mist of winter meant one would eat maybe what they could kill, trap or fish. The hope for spring for the first planting would come.

In the area I live in our growing season is shorter because of the mountains. For those that know no different, have no clue that planting begins as early as first of March in some areas even with potential of snow. Yet where I live snow might come even in May. To plant in March is foolish unless it something that can handle cold temperatures like root crops. Yet people plant and grow and produce even in the hills. There some who wait for the garden time to grow hoping for a good size crop. With the early growing comes first fruit of the ground and vines in hopes for one more planting or maybe two before winter comes again.

The only hope war torn areas had were the time of the later rain. Time of raining in spring to produce a quick crop of food supply. Those who go to the store for simple can goods know the idea of crops is foreign. Yet those standing in food pantries and no hopes for garden crop know the supply of food may or may not be there. The teaching of planting is necessity for survival. It not about long food pantry lines, but teaching how to grow food supply. Every person needs to know how to live off the land if necessary. Yet it simple to plant a seed and watch it grow.

The time of Godís blessing is part of natural process of spring growth. It is to come, but it is a blessing. Whether we say Praise God, God blessings often still come. Yet there time of famine that people understand not that God gives and He takes away. Some say sin, some call it nature wrath, and others believe it is because God is testing or teaching his people to trust him for supply. Yet even Godís people go hungry in times of war.

One has to ask is scripture only talking about life or is Godís power among his people? God provided Jonah shade at the end of his book. Then God had a worm to eat the vine and allow the heat of the sun to beat down on Jonah. God uses the restoration from the cankerworm to explain the time of bounty. People rejoice when there is abundance and beg God for mercy when there is not. Yet is the life cycle about God or life in general. I believe God makes all things grow and set into motion that process of harvest and plenty. Yet I also believe there time God takes away even if it only through war and famine. Yet can one grasp Godís blessings when there is none to be had and provision is still there. A herd of deer or antelope comes forth from what appears no where. Or is it their annual migration. The power of God is seen through the prophecy of hardship to come and of changes only that can be produced by a force greater then nature. Egyptians plagues are only one account of hardship that created the Egyptian Pharaoh to let his people go. It has always been signs and wonders of God that has turn the heart of many to Him. Wonders not performed by natural course of time. Godís spiritual blessings are more then what Joel is talking about here. It is more then seasonal changes and restoration. It is act of God to do there changes that thought impossible. Joel looked for the time of the Holy Spirit to pour out his blessings. The power of God to rain down on his people. A phenomena seen in this century among Godís people. People long for the spiritual revival. The fall of Godís Spirit in their life. Where God Spirit moves them beyond the simple praise and worship but into place of helping people, and teaching people of his love for them. The later rain is more then just the seasons, but it about Godís spiritual blessings. Godís Spirit would be poured out in Acts 2. Speaking of what Israel had not known in many decades.

Dear Heavenly Father pour your Spirit out on your people. May they know your power is beyond our physical needs. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Countdown To Thanksgiving 18 Days left: Thank God For the latter rain of His Spirit and the harvest of vegetables this year.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Acts 2:16-21 KJV
(16) But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
(17) And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
(18) And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
(19) And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
(20) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
(21) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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