Joel 1:1-4 (JDV)
Joel 1:1 The word of Yahveh1 that came to Joel son of Pethuel:
Joel 1:3 Tell your children about it, and let your children tell their children, and their children the next generation.
Joel 1:4 What the recently mature locust4 has left, the winging stage locust5 has eaten; what the winging stage locust has left, the crawling stage locust6 has eaten; and what the crawling stage locust has left, the destroying locust7 has eaten.
things getting worse
Judah had been hit by a major natural disaster: a series of locust plagues that wiped out the nation’s economy and led to system-wide depression and famine. It was hard to imagine things getting any worse. But Joel does not ride into town with his white horse and tell everybody “there, there, everything is going to get better now.” No, Joel’s message is more like “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” The plague of locusts which came from the north is going to be followed by swarms of armies coming from the same direction. We know from history that those armies came from Assyria, then Babylon, the Persia, then Greece, then Rome.
Lord, we accept your plan for our lives, and we will not be daunted in our faith if things get worse. We have chosen to trust you no matter what.