Joel 1:1-3:21 / Revelation 1:1-20 / Psalm 128:1-6 / Proverbs 29:18

Standout Chapter: JOEL

Chapter 1 describes the land of Judah in a state of total destruction.

Chapter 2 calls for the people to wholeheartedly and authentically repent and turn back to the Lord.  The end of chapter 2 talks about how, when hearts are turned toward the Lord, He promises to HEAL and RESTORE the land – SO GREAT!

The book of Joel begins pretty dismally as it describes a land that is in the midst or TOTAL destruction due to a locust plague.  The land is utterly desolate and destroyed - not a shred of beauty remains.

Thankfully, Joel doesn’t end as it began!  Just like Ezekiel and the Valley of the Dry Bones, a beautiful story of HOPE, BEAUTY and RESTORATION unfolds.  Like we’ve seen so many times before (OBVIOUSLY this is AWESOME TRUTH God wants us to seal in our hearts and minds!), one of God’s FAVORITE things is HEALING and RESTORATION! When hearts are truly yielded to Him and when REPENTANCE is AUTHENTIC, the Lord will go to work taking broken, desolate, impossible situations and re-make them - NEW, BEAUTIFUL and FILLED WITH LIFE!

There is never any circumstance, relationship or life that is beyond the power of God. When a heart is surrendered to Him, what looks like the “end” can be miraculously transformed into the beginning of a new, hope-filled, exciting adventure!  God is SO awesome!

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