To you, Lord, I call,
for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness
and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.
Even the wild animals pant for you;
the streams of water have dried up
and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness. (Joel 1:19-20)
Joel was a prophet. His name translates to “Jehovah is God”. He was a prophet around 800 BC when Judah was experiencing a time of prosperity. Joel was to tell the folks in Judah that God’s judgment would bring a time of devastation that was going to sweep across the land and that they should fast, mourn, and repent. The people of Judah did not listen and a plague of locusts came and at up every green thing leaving a wake of destruction, including famine and drought, in their path.
The whirlwind had cycloned through, locusts had eaten or destroyed everything, fire had burned the land, the water dried up, times were desperate. Joel shows us exactly what to do when the locusts come through our lives: call to the Lord for help.
When the locusts come, and it all seems lost, stop and call on the Lord and He will answer.
We often pray to be delivered from afflictions, and even trust God that we will be. But we do not pray for Him to make us what we should be while in the midst of the afflictions. Nor do we pray that we would be able to live within them, for however long they may last, in the complete awareness that we are held and sheltered by the Lord.
We must trust the Lord through the darkness, and honor Him with unwavering confidence even in the midst of difficult situations. The reward of this kind of faith will be like that of an eagle shedding its feathers is said to receive- a renewed sense of youth and strength. -Streams in the Desert, J.R. Macduff
It is such a comfort to drop the tangles of life into God’s hands and leave them there.