Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:13 (NIV) Our expectations of life in this world should be shaped not just by the reality of this fallen world, but by the fact that we have chosen to follow a crucified savior. If you follow a big...
“Let the nations stir themselves up and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.” Joel 3:12
Look down into the valley of judgment, and you see God Almighty, confronted by millions. They are armed and ready to fight. But God does not even stand up! He is seated on his throne: “He who sits in the heavens laughs” (Ps. 2:4). The drama of this picture is extraordinary.
Notice what happens next: “The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. The Lord roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake” (3:15-16). The lights go out. Then the voice of God commands: “Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the winepress is full. The vats overflow, for their evil is great” (3:13).
Maybe you are locked into an argument, a dispute, a conflict with God. You’re angry with him. You think he owes you something better than he’s given to you. But the sooner you end your antagonism with God, the better it will be for you. Your fight with God is a fight you can never win. “Who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire” (Mal. 3:2).
Job was a godly believer who tried to bring his case against God, but once he saw who he was up against, he got down on his knees and repented. He confessed, “This is a fight that I cannot win.” Let this picture from the book of Joel lead you to the same place today.
Is there a grievance you are holding against God that you need to lay down today?