“The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it? ‘Even now,’ declares the LORD, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’ Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing.” (Joel 2:11–14, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Given the state of the world, I think we would have to conclude that the Lord is indeed “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity.” And yet calamity seems to be upon us, crouching at our “doorstep.” And yet it can (and someday will) become so dreadful that people will barely be able to endure it. In fact, “there will be great distress [dreadful], unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive [endure].” (Matthew 24:20–22, NIV 1984).
But “even now?” Dare we hope? “Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing.” There have been “Great Awakenings” and “Reformations” in the past. Might they happen again in our time? Or have the scales tipped so far that they cannot tip back again? “Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” (Habakkuk 1:5, NIV 1984). In Habakkuk’s day it was the Babylonians that swept across the land. In our days, will it be the horsemen of the apocalypse that sweep across the whole earth, or a great revival?
My Advice – Be ready for the former, and pray for the latter.