An Even Bigger Crisis

John Koedyker

READ : Joel 1:15-20

Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. (v. 15 NIV)

There are really two levels to Joel’s prophecy. On a literal level, the terrible plague of locusts was a natural disaster for Israel. But on a deeper level this catastrophe pointed toward the coming of the terrible Day of the Lord. Joel’s task was first to call the people back to God so that they could get through this immediate temporal crisis. Then once they were back in a right relationship with God, they would be able to face the even bigger eternal crisis of the Judgment Day of God.

God often works the same way in our lives. He sends us little crises and uses them to build us up in our faith. Things like disappointments, injustices, and accidents can help us turn to God and find strength from him to get through tough patches in our lives. Recently I went through a stretch where I had three different physical ailments one after another. As difficult as all these were for me, I was able to see God’s hand at work very clearly in my life.

When bad things happen we can be thankful that God has us in his care and protection. This is a very good place to be when the Final Judgment comes. In fact, it’s the only place to be!


Lord, please help us stay close to you now and forevermore. Amen.