Joel 2:6-9 (JDV)
Joel 2:6 Nations convulse1 before them; all the people’s faces are drained of redness.
Joel 2:7 They attack like warriors attack; they scale walls like men of war do. Each marches on his own path, and they do not change their course.
Joel 2:8 They do not push each other; each marches on his own path. They dodge the arrows, never stopping.
Joel 2:9 They rush into the city; they run on the wall; they climb into the houses; they enter through the windows like thieves.
until the storms are over
Time and distance might rob us of the effect this passage intends. The sheer terror of being in the path of a disciplined, invincible invading army is enough to drain the color from anyone. The nation knows that there is nowhere to hide. They knew how invasive and all-consuming the locust storms had been. Now, the prophet tells them that the next invasions will be enemy warriors! What is more – they will be unstoppable.
What do you do when God’s news is bad news like this? Pray for protection, survival of the nation, and strength to stay with God until the storms are over.
Lord, we ask you to bless us and our nations and families. But if there is disaster in our destiny, we choose to faithfully endure our fate, trusting you to make your good, pleasing and perfect will evident at last.