Joel 1:13-14 (JDV)
Joel 1:13 Wrap yourselves in sackcloth and passionately demonstrate your sorrow, you priests; yell, you ministers of the altar. Come and spend the night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God, because grain and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God.
Joel 1:14 Commit to1 a sacred fast; proclaim an assembly! Gather the elders and all the ones living in the land at the house of Yahveh your God, and cry out to Yahveh.
A terrible blow has been delivered to the nation, and now the prophet has gotten their attention. His words to them are not ignorant of what they are going through. But he does not try to sugar coat their painful pill. No, if anything, he is desperately trying to get the nation to understand God’s point of view. The glory of their God is at stake. The indicators of the blessings the people are usually experiencing include the grain and drink offerings. But the harvest and vineyards have been wiped out. The people are ready for a little religion, because their lives and livelihoods have been disrupted. But what they need is a lot of religion, because worship itself has been disrupted. They need more than restoration. They need revival, and it is going to take a night in sackcloth and a sacred fast.
Lord, we want more than just a little more religion. We need lives focused on you and your glory.