Hey, y’all! It’s Wednesday again! Seems like that happens about every seven days, doesn’t it? This week, we’re taking a look at Joel. Be sure to drop your verse in the comments. Next week is Amos. Lots of “minor” prophets coming up. But isn’t it amazing what you can find, even in the short books? God’s word amazes me. It really, really does.
Joel 2:32a (NIV)–And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…
This verse really only works if you read the rest of Joel (Just take a gander at Joel 2 to get an idea. It’s titled “An Army of Locusts.”). As has been discussed on this blog quite a bit lately, particularly if you read the comments, it’s getting pretty obvious that we’re nearer the end every day. Not sure when it will actually come, but it’s definitely closer than it was yesterday. And if you read the Bible, you know the last days aren’t very pretty. In fact, they’re downright scary. And if recent earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, famines, and wars are any indication, well, let’s just say we’ve caught a small glimpse already, don’t you think?
But that’s why I love this verse. Joel puts out some pretty ugly images. (Again, Joel 2?) Then, tucked in the midst of this small book, there is this. It’s like a breath of fresh air (to put it the cliche’ way). My favorite part? That little word everyone. Not the pretty ones who call… Not the lifelong Christian ones who call… Not the preachers who call… Everyone who calls on His name will be saved. Every last one. Oh, how awesome is my God?!?
Don’t miss this, though. That little everyone has one condition. You have to call on His name. You have to acknowledge Him for who He is. But the awesome part is, it doesn’t matter who you are, because you are part of everyone. All that matters is who HE is.
Isn’t it awesome? God wins! And He lets us in on the victory party…