OVERVIEW: God prepares Israel for war. God will discipline the nations that mistreated Israel.
BIG IDEA: God protects and provides for his people.
KEY VERSE: Joel 3:16 (Joel to Israel)
The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I am a God of love and peace, but there will be a time for war. I will protect and provide for those who seek me and follow me. I will not leave innocent blood unavenged. Those who deceived you or took advantage of you will be held accountable. Do not emulate their lifestyle. Be a person of integrity and treat others with respect, showing them the care you would like to receive.
I will fight your battle and be a refuge for all who love me, a stronghold for my people. Yet walk with me so that I can give you the courage and determination to stand up against those who mistreat you. Have no fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and others so that all will know I am the Lord. A day is coming where I will surround you with blessings, and you will rest in my presence.
Do not run or hide from God. God will bring judgment where needed. Instead, sit still before God and ask him to search you and reveal anything he is doing in you or wants to change in you. Follow God’s leading and allow him to fight your battles and bless you.