You will have plenty to eat, . . . you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you. (Joel 2:26)
My husband is an amazing cook. His specialty is soup—all kinds of soup. He doesn’t follow a recipe, but instead adds in one ingredient after another, tasting and adding, over and over, until he deems the pot of soup perfect. The result is always delicious, but more than the two of us need. When he makes soup, it’s enough for a crowd. We’ve learned that if he makes one pot per week, we have plenty to take to work, with enough left over to share with family and friends. I am thankful for my husband, his talent, and his generosity with his soup. I love seeing the faces of those we share it with and bragging on my husband’s skills in the kitchen.
Joel 2:26 begins with the promise that the people would have plenty to eat, and as a result, they “will praise the name of the Lord . . . who has worked wonders.” They experienced the wonderful generosity of God when they returned to him. And later in the Joel 2, he gave two more promises: “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people,” (v. 28) and “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (v. 32). Those promises are for us too—the promise of forgiveness, salvation, and the constant presence of the Holy Spirit.
Thank God for the wonders he has worked for you.
Beth Gormong is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and serves at Wesleyan Publishing House. She spends her free time at the library reading and writing books.
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