the wild God

October 31, 2016

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God is good, but in the words of C.S. Lewis, “He is not tame.” When it comes time for evil to be purged from the world, He is not timid, and when He acts, He rarely holds back. We see such a scene prophesied concerning the Day of Yahweh—the day He will return to the earth as Christ—in Joel 2:1–11.

 

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of Yahweh is coming—it is indeed near. A day of darkness and gloom, a day of cloud and thick darkness, like the dawn spreads on the mountains, a great and strong army! There has been nothing like it from old, and after it nothing will be again for generations to come” (Joel

2:1–2).

 

When God charges into battle, He seizes control of all that must be yielded so His purpose is not hindered. He then performs great and mighty deeds on behalf of

His people. As Joel says, “There has been nothing like it.” So why, then, has God not done this already? What is He waiting for? Why is evil allowed to continue if

God can end it?

 

We find our answers in Joel 2:12–17. God, in His mercy, is allowing a time of repentance: “ ‘And even now,’ declares Yahweh, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, and weeping, and wailing. Rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to Yahweh your God, because he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in loyal love, and relenting from harm’ ” (Joel 2:12–13).

Indeed, God’s trumpet will sound, but even with that time approaching, He is a compassionate God, and His call is simple: “Come back to me.”

 

What do you need to turn from today? What makes you hopeful about God’s

coming?

 

 

What will it take to bring you back? You can return because God is speaking to your heart, or you can return because he is driving you like a ship from the tempest storm, battered, broken, spent. It does not matter to him, but it will matter to you.

 

 

Be truthful with yourself and repent of habits not pleasing to God.

 

Be truthful about your own coldness of heart.

 

Here’s an old story; Fred and Ethel driving down the road in their old car. Ethel leaning against the passenger door, wistfully looking out the window exclaims; “remember how we used to drive for hours and I would lean against your shoulder and you’d put your arm around me and we would drive like that for miles, what happened to us doing that?”

And Fred’s answer; “well I haven’t moved.”

 

 

Get it?

 

Come back to the arms of God.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

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