Joel 2:1 Sound The Alarm

Warning alarms

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand–Joel 2:1 

Alarms are something that can be found nearly every place that a person goes. Cars have alarms to warn of someone attempting to get in without the proper key. Stores have alarms to tell that someone is shoplifting some item. Radios play warning messages of extremely dangerous weather that is coming up.

All these alarms are to bring to awareness that there is some type of problem occurring or about to occur. It gives people a chance to fix the problem or prepare for a problem that is arising.

Joel tells the people to blow trumpets as an alarm, to warn the people that God is about to bring on judgement upon the land.

Throughout history God has never wanted to just judge and destroy or punish people. His desire is that people would change, turn from their sins and follow Him. God is loving and merciful, but He is also a just God whose time of mercy will come to an end. A day will come in which He will judge and destroy those who choose to not follow Him.

There will be a final judgement when Jesus will judge and destroy all who refuse to obey Him. This will occur when He returns. However, there will be days of punishment while on this earth. Both will incur some or all of God’s wrath against people.

Every believer must be willing to sound the alarm that something is wrong, that people who are living in sin and refusing to obey God will be getting an eternal day of punishment. The world will continue to live in sin if no one will warn them of the coming judgement.

As a believer, at some point in your life, you had been given the warning signal that living in sin was wrong. You had chosen to begin to obey and follow Jesus. Continue to flee sin and obey God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Now it is time to sound the alarm and warn others of God’s coming judgement. Let everyone you know that God loves them, but cannot accept sin in their lives. Let them know what Jesus did for them. Be His witness and build His kingdom.

It is time to sound the alarm to all you meet.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s plans; that you will sound the warning of God’s coming judgement; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and mercy. 

Psalm 47:6 Time To Sing

Bird singing

Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. Psalm 47:6 

Singing about someone or something is nothing new for people to do. Thousands of songs are written every year and performed by many singers that are about someone. This is the most common, known way for a person to sing.

Another concept of singing that does occur a lot is rapidly talking very highly of a person or a thing. People will talk a lot about someone or something, giving high praise to whoever may be listening.

In either way of singing praise, they are both about something that the person is passionate about. They are excited to tell someone else about someone or something. They talk about the good things in whoever they are talking about.

The sons of Korah write in this passage about singing praises to God. They repeat it four times in this one verse and mention that God is their King.

For every believer one thing should be true, that God is his king. This is not a king like those in the world, one to be a harsh, unloving dictator, but one of love, caring and compassion. God is a king who really loves those who are in His kingdom.

God is a good God who does great things for those who love and follow Him. The level of things that God does is so great that one can talk about it daily for years and never complete the list.

One of the things every believer is called to do is be a witness. Being a witness is telling others about what God has done for people through Jesus. This can be singing God praises, being excited to rapidly tell others about what God has done and who He is.

Singing God praises can be done in song or just in speaking. However either way it is lifting Him up for others to see.

Take a moment to think about all that God has done for you. Now be willing to go out and sing praises about what He has done to others. Tell them with a contagious excitement.

You can also sing praises to God letting Him know what you know He has done for you. Give Him thanks for His great love, mercy and compassion.

It is time to get out and sing praises to God and about God to others. What will you sing?

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will be excited to tell other about Jesus; that you will sing praises of God’s great work to others; and that you will sing praises to God.

Deuteronomy 32:3 Proclaim God’s Name

Town crier

I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! Deuteronomy 32:3

To proclaim something is to talk about it, to let something be known to others. It is to open about some information or news.

Many years ago in nations that had a king, the king would have people who were town criers. They would go out through a town crying, shouting out loud, that the king had some news for the people. Later in time, the newspaper companies had people walking around to sell papers. As they would try to sell the papers, they would shout out loud some part of the news to get the people’s attention to buy the paper.

Those people were not ashamed to shout out that they had some important information that they felt every person needed to hear about. They did not keep silent with what they knew.

Today when people know of some great news, they are quick to talk about it. When they know of some great person, who does great work, they are quick to tell others about that person.

As Moses is getting ready for his death, he states that he proclaims the name of the Lord and praises God’s greatness. He will not be silent with what he knows about God.

The world really does not know who God is. They do not know what He can do or has done. People need to let the people know this information.

God has many names that are attached to His name. He is God the Healer, God the Provider, God our Salvation, God our Helper, God our Peace, God our Banner and many more. Believers can go around proclaiming these names of God.

Take a moment and think about all the great things God has done for you and how great He really is to you. This is great news! Now you need to take the time to proclaim what you know.

Do not be ashamed to shout this information on the streets and from the rooftop. You have the greatest news the world has ever heard. No news story can top the greatness of the news of Jesus.

As you praise God for what He has done or is doing in your life, proclaim it to this dark and dying world. Tell everyone what you know about God. Let them know Jesus.

What can you shout out today?

I pray today that you will realize how great God is; that you will proclaim the news of Jesus to this world; that you will tell others of what God can do and has done; and that you will give God praise for His greatness.

Jeremiah 1:6-8 I’m Not Qualified

“Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:6-8

God had called Jeremiah to speak to the nations. It is believed that Jeremiah was just a teenager at the time of this calling. The first thing Jeremiah tells God is that he cannot speak and is too young, he is not qualified to do the job.

These are common words for many people, even today. God calls a person to do some type of ministry and the first thing they say is that they are not qualified. This is not even talking about going around the world to reach nations, it is just doing ministry in their local church, town or workplace.

People like to say that they do not have the training or experience to do a ministry. The problem is that everyone has to start at some point with no real training. Going to bible college sounds good, but all it really gives one is book knowledge. Real experience is learned by actually going out and doing a ministry.

God allows you to get experience in the real world by giving you an assignment. The professors in the college cannot give you the words to speak and they will not be there with you. God will do both.

Every believer has a testimony of what God has done in his life. You have yours also. All you need to do is go out and tell others what God has done for you and what God can do for them. As you go into this world, God will give you the words to speak and He will not leave you alone. There will be trouble and hard times, but God will bring you through them.

Let go of your fears and be willing to step out into what God has for you to do. Jeremiah did and became one of the great prophets. With God you are more than qualified to do anything He has called you to do.

What are you willing to let God do through you?

I pray today that God will show you what He has for you to do; that you will not fear doing God’s will; that you will know God’s presence in your life; and that you will speak the words God gives you.

Isaiah 40:8 Shout “Here Is Your God!”

You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” Isaiah 40:8

God had chosen to allow Judah to be sent into exile for a time for their refusal to follow Him. Once that time was up they were allowed to go back to their land. As the people are going back to the land, they are able to bring good news. It was good news that they were going back to the land, and they had good news that God was with them.

While in exile, many of the people felt that God had abandoned them. It did not appear as though He had remembered them while in exile. Yet, it was not true. The greatest news was God was with them, and they were to shout it out loud to everyone. They were to point out to everyone who God is.

This passage is also part of the prophecies pointing to Jesus. Later Jesus would be called Emmanuel, which means, “God with us”. The difference in the news that the Israelites had and what can be proclaimed today, is that God is with believers and Jesus has removed all of their sins.

There may be times when you go through a struggle and feel as though God has left you…it is not true. God is always right there beside you. You just have to acknowledge Him and believe Him.

As you know and realize God is with you, then you must also shout it out. Let the world know who God is. Too often believers are afraid to shout it out. They are afraid of what others might think or do. Yet, every person deserves the right to hear about Jesus, not just you and few of your friends.

The world may not like you shouting it out, but you have the greatest news of all time. Those that are willing to hear, will hear and respond. It will bring encouragement to other believers, and will point Jesus to those who don’t believe.

As you go through your day today, let everyone you come in contact with that, “Here is your God!”

I pray today that you will know that God is with you; that you will know God remembers you; that you will not be afraid to proclaim God is with you; and that you will be a bold witness to everyone you meet.