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)
God “rejoices over [me] with gladness… He delights in [me] with shouts of joy.” As I am born again, He holds me tenderly. “He brings [me] quietness with His love” as a mother lulls her child to sleep with swaddling. God holds me close to Himself, keeping me safe for He is “a warrior who saves.”
God is a tender warrior with the strength of armies and the gentleness of a mother with her newborn. See Him holding you and me in His strong hands. See Him warring against the powers aligned against us.
“Yahweh [our] God is among [us]!”
“Rejoice always,” writes Paul. “Give thanks in all circumstances.”
How? By realizing that your circumstances are arranged by God’s will. And, if you are uncomfortable with those circumstances, “pray without ceasing.” Yet, simultaneously, “rejoice.” Be thankful to God for everything.
For, God is perfect. His will for your life is perfect.
Even more wonderful, God knows your needs before you do. He anticipates your failures, your sins, your hurts. He makes the path ahead, every smooth portion, each bump along the way is known by Him.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5: 6 – 7)