Joel prophesied about the day of the Lord when an army of locust would descend on the land to destroy whatever was before them. “Fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but behind them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them” (Joel 2:3). Joel’s prophecy demonstrated the destructive nature of the army of locust that removed the life out of every place where they visited. They would enter a city that resembled Eden and yet leave it as dry as a wildernesses.
Joel calls for the return of the people to God in prayer and fasting. ““Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning”(Joel 2:12). Once the people had repented in prayer and fasting, Joel declared that the Lord would have pity on his people. He would make sure that their needs were supplied and they would no longer be a reproach among other people. Joel declared a time of joy and celebration as God would vindicate his people and send the latter rain.
Joel also declared that God would restore all the years that the locust destroyed and the people would have great provision. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame” (Joel 2:26). When God pours out his blessings, there is no need for sorrow or weeping. We are able to be glad and rejoice before him for his faithfulness and his loving kindness. Joel also Prophesied of God pouring out his spirit upon his people and there would be many revelations.
There are seasons of major losses and trials. Many believers have experienced the fire of affliction. Once we return to God in prayer, fasting and consecration, God will restore what was lost. We have a reason to rejoice and bless the Lord for his promise of restoration. “Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: For praise is comely for the upright” (Psalm 33:1).