Joel 2:13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.
Despair and sorrow is part n’ parcel in this mortal existence. All of us have experienced devastating loss and every true believer has felt the crushing conviction resulting from disobedience or rebellion. Joel is telling us to not be so consumed with self-pity that we fail to see the sovereign hand of our Lord in every circumstance. If we refuse to seek what our Lord is teaching us through every event in our lives we will fail to experience the infinite presence and hope from our gracious and merciful Savior. David, when confronted by Nathan, concerning his sin with Bathsheba, confessed that his greatest failure was his sin against God. God knows and allows our failures and trials to bring us to a place unquestioning faith – not a faith filled with expectation – a faith that stands firm and humbly seeks our Lord’s glory and honor. We will all have times of spiritual failure – but it remains our choice as to what we do with it – humbly repent and seek guidance or nurture our misery. Some things will not be fixed to our satisfaction – but all experiences can bring us closer to one Who is in control. It is not our show of remorse that brings change into our lives – it is our sincere humble dependence upon and trust in our Lord. The Bible is a timeless limitless source to bring understanding concerning the ways of God – it will ever remain our final obligation to trust and believe His Word; especially when human understanding fails us.
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 3 – Mk. 8:22-38 Num. 28-30