God becomes “jealous for His land and spares His people.” (Joel 2: 18) He promises “grain, new wine, and olive oil.” (Joel 2: 19) He says that His people are “no longer a disgrace among the nations.” (Joel 2: 19) God calls His people to no longer “be afraid.” Instead, He calls us to “rejoice and be glad.” (Joel 2: 21)
We are able to rejoice “because the Lord has done great things.” (Joel 2: 21)
He “gives [us] the autumn rain for [our] vindication. He sends showers for [us], both autumn and spring rain as before.” Whether the growing or the harvest season, God provides the refreshment and the sustenance of rain.
God promises to “repay [us] for the years that the swarming locust ate.” (Joel 2: 25) Whatever He has taken from us in His disciplining wrath, He returns. “[We] have plenty to eat and are satisfied.” (Joel 2: 26)
God says to us, “You know that I Am present… and that I Am the Lord your God, and there is no other. My people are never again to be put to shame.” (Joel 2: 27)
Thanksgiving approaches, but every day is a day of giving thanks. “The Lord, He is God!” God made us; we belong to Him. “We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalm 100: 3)
Being His sheep, we are to “enter His gates with thanksgiving.” Inside His pasture, we are safe under the watchful eye of the Great Shepherd. At His feet, we are to praise Him, thank Him, bless His Name.
“For the Lord is good.” His Love is steadfast; He is faithful forever. “For You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You.” (Psalm 86: 5) Like sheep, let us rely solely on Him.
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34: 1) “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together!” (Psalm 34: 3)
We are “a people for His own possession.” God “calls [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light.” God creates us as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.”
Of course, this is how we start in the first place. God fashions humankind out of clay, and makes us in His image. From the beginning, we owe our existence to Him. At the beginning, something mysterious and evil happens; the image of God in us distorts and we are lost. We look to something else other than God; and we fall away into the darkness, into death.
Something mysterious and marvelous happens; “God calls [us[ out of darkness.” He makes a way with His own body and blood for us to become “a people for His own possession, a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.”
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” (Revelation 12: 10, NIV)