As we continue to navigate through some of the most known unknown characters of the bible we arrive at Joel. You know Joel the one who names mean Yahweh is God. Now that's some kind of name. Joel prophesied about the impending destruction of the people of God if they did not repent. Joel utilizes locust invasion, which had destroyed the crops. This was only a foreshadowing of what was to come if the people didn't repent.
The book of Joel teaches us a important lesson that is the Day of the Lord is coming. It will either be a day of rejoicing for the believer who strives to do the will of God or a day of judgement for the ungodly and unrepentant. Both views of the Day of the Lord are present in the book of Joel. The question then becomes will you be ready? What are the locust in your life seeking to devour you? For the people in Joel's time the locust devoured the vineyards and the fig trees which were symbols of peace and prosperity that had become the source of their joy and contentment oppose to God being the source. The devastation was so severe that their entire economy was turned upside down for the people of Joel's day harvest time was a time of celebration and great joy but it had turned bitter. When you are out of fellowship with God in their case breaking the covenant the result is devastation.
The book of Joel teaches us that when are not actively growing or seeking to growing in our relationship with God the results are devastation. It's dangerous not to pray aka talking and listening to God. It's dangerous not to read the Bible aka spending time with God. I don't know about you but I feel like the songwriter who said," When the song is over and the music stops do you know Jesus does He live in your heart." That's the only thing that really matters and unlike the people of Joel's time we live in the time that he prophesied about when he said God will pour out his spirit on all flesh. Thank God for the Spirit of God that leads us into a deeper fellowship with God.
Scripture Reference: Joel