“Return to the Lord your God for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” – Joel 2:13
When we do the wrong thing in life it can become obvious that we need to repent. Whether it is the outcome of the action, a stern word from a parent or friend and sometimes it is even our own conscience as we reflect on our words or actions.
In the passage from Joel this week we are going to be seeing the way that Joel, the messenger to God’s people, urges the nation to repent. In the midst of the destruction and turmoil set in motion by a plague of locusts, the Lord wants his people to look to him.
God sent us his one and only Son Jesus Christ to rescue us from the times when we like God’s people turn our back on God. This restoration to God is a sign of his graciousness and compassion for us. Receiving that grace however requires repentance. As Charles Spurgeon once said, ‘Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it.’ Let us forsake sin so that we might be at peace with God.