Joel 1:14 Cry Out To God

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Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God and cry out to the Lord. Joel 1:14

During times of great disaster, sickness or unrest people are scared. People are dying and many are living in fear, not sure what is going on or what is going to happen next. They do not know when things will change and get back to normal.

Many are looking to the government or other organizations to solve the issues of the day. Those groups are at a loss as to what to do or how to cage things. They compete against each other as to the best route to take, yet, not a whole lot changes.

During the time of Joel, the nation of Israel was being overrun and destroyed. He calls for the people to fast and cry out to God.

When great disasters come upon people, the world really does not know what to do. Sometimes it is the world that is bringing on the problems, raising persecution against all believers.

God often allows disaster to come when the people are refusing to serve Him with all of their heart. The church is not being His witness and people are living in sin. God wants their attention, thus brings on disaster.

As this occurs believers must begin to fast and cry out to God. They need to seek forgiveness for their sins and not doing His will. The believers can turn the eyes of the people back to God and get them on the right track.

God is a God of mercy and forgiveness. He is quick to relent bringing on disaster if His people will call out to Him. The land as a whole must cry out to God and turn from their wicked ways so that He can heal them and the land.

You may be going through a time of disaster or trouble, or you may know of others who are going through it themselves. Start with yourself with crying out to God for His mercy. Then as you cry out to God, call on other believers to do the same.

As God’s people call out to Him, He will show up in His great love and mercy. The land, no matter what nation you are a part of, needs you to be crying out to God for it. Seek God and know His salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s forgiveness for your sins and the sins of your land; that you will seek God’s mercy upon all people; and that you will humble yourself and live for God.

Ezekiel 12:27 Not For A Long Time

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Son of man, the Israelites are saying, ‘The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.’ Ezekiel 12:27 

Scientists are always talking about some major disaster that may occur upon the earth, however, most of the time it is about something that may occur in a thousand years or more away. Most people do not fear the disaster, because it will not be in their lifetime.

Most ignore warnings, because they have never happened before, so why now. They see warnings as something that may happen, but not for a long time.

The people of Israel had ignored the prophecies that Ezekiel was telling them. They felt that the disaster that he was making a prophecy about would not occur for a long time. The did not fear the judgement that God was about to bring upon them.

This type of belief is still around. Many people do not believe that Jesus is going to return any time soon, because He has not returned for nearly 2,000 years. Over that 2,000 years, people have been constantly told that Jesus is coming soon, so why now?

Having this type of view will cause people to stop living for God. They feel that they can choose to live for Him some other day, they have the time. Living for God is not an emergency, but can wait.

No one knows the exact day and time he will die. Immediately upon death the judgement of his soul is final. There are no more chances to change the heart and begin to live for God. Yet, many live as though they have all the time in the world.

God has been warning people of the soon return of Jesus and the end of all things. Believers must live like He could return today. People need to know that they do not have all the time in the world to get right before God.

Ask yourself how you are living for Go and when do you expect Jesus to return. Do not allow yourself to live in sin thinking that you can repent tomorrow. You may not have tomorrow.

The judgement of God is coming. The prophecies of Jesus will come true at a time when you may not expect it. You must be ready at all times, knowing that every prophecy will come true at the right time, and that is not in some distant future, but soon.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life for God; that you will believe God’s word about Jesus; that you will know the prophecies about the return of Jesus; and that you will be His witness in this world. 

Jeremiah 36:3 Hearing Of Coming Disaster

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Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin. Jeremiah 36:3 

There are times when warnings of coming disaster are declared. Some people completely ignore the warnings and keep going forward as though nothing is going to happen. Others heed those warnings and change accordingly. In the end some will regret their choices and others will be glad for their choices.

The nation of Judah had been living in sin and God was warning them of coming judgement against them. He sends Jeremiah to tell them of the disaster He will bring upon them because of their sin. God hopes that they will change their hearts and repent of their sin when they hear of the coming destruction.

Most people do not like to hear about coming judgement or disaster. They want to hear about good news, that things will get better or continue to be great. They want to hear about prosperity and love and peace, not disaster and destruction.

This type of thinking has also crept into the church. People only want to hear about love and forgiveness, not judgement. However, God does and will judge sin. Those who purposefully live in sinful ways will be judged some day.

There is coming a day when Jesus will return to judge everyone. Some may live to see that day, others will die sooner and see that judgement come sooner.

The one who is repenting of his sins and striving to live for God will not see that judgement hit him. Those who refuse to repent and turn from sin will only see the wrath of God and His judgement upon them.

People in the church and those in the world need to hear this message. But also need to hear that God is ready to forgive them and save them from the coming destruction of eternal death and punishment.

God is willing to forgive you as you turn to Him and turn away from sin. Be willing to repent and turn from sin, so that God can forgive you.

If you choose to live in sin and rebel against God’s commands, you have only one thing to look forward to–destruction in eternal judgement.

When you repent and turn to God, you can look forward to eternal life with God.

What is your choice? What is your message?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you repent of all sins; that you will know God’s forgiveness and love; that you will obey all that God commands; and that you will let others know of God’s love and commands. 

Isaiah 10:3 Who Will You Run To?

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What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Isaiah 10:3 

Disasters and troubles hit people all the time. When it occurs people will run somewhere for help. Most often it is to the government or some organization. In these two place many will try to find the help to make it through whatever situation that they are in.

Sometimes these groups can help some, but often it is just surface help. They are unable to help at the deeper levels of why the disaster occurred. Temporary help is given. It will help for a short amount of time, but then will run out and begin to fail.

Israel had been rejecting God and God was beginning to bring disaster upon them for their sins. He then begins to question them about where will they run to for help when the disaster God is bringing comes upon them. Their hope had been in people, governments and nations, not God.

It can be expected that people who do not follow or obey God will turn to the temporary things of this world for help. They do not know any better.

However, believers should be doing the same thing in turning to God. Often those in the church choose to reject God first and run after the temporary things of this world. They feel as though the groups and organizations of this world can do a better job first.

This is not putting trust in God, but in man.

When disaster comes upon a believer, and it will, the first thing he should do is go to God and trust in Him. God will often bring disaster upon someone to redirect his eyes back to Him, to get him back on to the right path with God. Running to man brings about destruction, running to God brings restoration.

As you are going through situations in your life, where is your trust? Are you running towards God and trusting Him? Or are you running towards man and his ways?

Focus your eyes and life upon God and His ways. Seek Him for all the help you need in every situation. Live your life in a way in which God does not have to correct you.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will run to God for all needed help; and that you will live for God with all of your life. 

Proverbs 27:1 Boasting About Future Plans

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Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1 

Goals and plans are constantly being made by millions of people every day. Plans are made as to what they will do in the days to come. These plans are as numerous as one can think. Plans to start a business, start exercising, make some money, graduate, travel somewhere, save some money, go on a vacation, purchase something, and on and on the lists go.

Often people will boast about what they are planning to do. They want everyone to know about it. As the day of doing it gets closer, they get more excited and losing focus on the day at hand.

Solomon gives a warning about boasting about future plans. He points out that one does not know what the next day may bring.

Having a vision and a plan to reach a goal is great. However, those plans should be held loosely, instead of boasting about it.

Everything that can be done to make the plan work out can be done, but things in life can get in the way and stop it.

Things that can stop a plan very quickly are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Sudden sickness, an accident, bad weather, natural disasters, death, break downs, and the list goes on to infinity.

Often a person plans something and then boasts about it, but right before it should occur, something happens to stop it. He then will often get mad at God or others because it could not happen.

Boasting about the event coming is about self, not about God, who is in control. One is allowing selfishness and pride to get in the way. Yet, one does not have the absolute control of every situation.

As a believer you can make plans for tomorrow, but hold them loosely knowing that God may change those plans. Do not allow yourself to boast as though those plans are guaranteed. You are not guaranteed one day on this earth beyond right now.

Allow God to have control of all your plans. Let Him make them or change them needed. Do not be angry when God changes what you had planned. Boast in what God is doing and in His control of every situation. God may stop your plans to give you something better in your life.

Keep in mind who is really in control of your tomorrow.

I pray today that you will know God is in control; that you will seek what God desires of you for each day; that God will help you remove all pride from your life; and that God will give you a vision of His plans for your days.