Read Joel 2
Security is something many in the free nations of the world seem to assume is a right we all deserve. It is also something that can be somewhat deceptive in the way we think about it. While I feel blessed that I don’t typically have to be concerned about being mugged on the streets, or about my home being attacked while I sleep, the security I feel about my safety and financial autonomy is perhaps not as well founded, as I would like to presume it is. When I choose to think about some of these things, which I try not to do too often, I begin to realize how fragile many of these things really are.
Just this afternoon I again heard the unmistakable alarm that the radio and television sound to inform citizens of an approaching severe weather system. In this case it was tornado that had been sighted a few miles south of where we live. Thankfully it appears that it did not touch down so very little damage was reported, but it reminded me that everything I presume to own perhaps even my life, could be gone in a matter of minutes, and not even LifeLock would be able to restore it.
In today’s reading the prophet Joel records some of the more encouraging words that God has for His people.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls. (v. 32)
The nation of Israel was about to be judged by a ruthless invading army, yet for those who truly placed their trust in God they continued to find hope and security in the midst of the storm.
There is another day coming, that Joel mentions in the previous verse. A day when the sun will turn to darkness and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord’s return to earth. It will be a frightening time, and if the prophetic descriptions which describe it in other places in the scriptures are accurate many people will die, however, for those who trust in the Lord, there is the security of knowing that when the smoke clears and the dust settles, our eternal future is secure, for “the one who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”