Joel speaks five times of the Day of the Lord in his book – a day of judgment followed by blessing. The Day of the Lord is both past (locust invasion), coming soon (through a coming army), and future (at the end of time when Christ returns – II Peter 3:10).
- Return – The day of judgment was near, so God calls the people to return to him with all their hearts. Consider that God is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and full of love (2:12-13). Ponder those truths. Have you drifted? Do you need to return to him? Does he have all your heart?
- The Spirit Comes – Joel predicts the day when God will pour out his Spirit on mankind (2:28-32). Peter saw this fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. How have you seen the Spirit’s work in your life?