“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.” Joel 2:21
When we turn back and see what happened last year, there could be instances where we would have faced disappointments, frustrations, anguish and fears. We often felt discouraged when things didn’t go the way we expected. We questioned God as, “why such things happen to me?”, “Why should I live with this pain?” and so on. In times of distress, we didn’t take our burdens to the Lord in prayer and so went astray and sinned against Him. But we failed to realise that God is in control of our circumstances and He has a purpose in everything that happens in our lives. As we enter the New Year, God calls us to repent of our past doings. Joel 2:12 says, “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning”. The repentence God calls us for is not outwardly but an inward change. Joel 2:13 says, “And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”. God wants us to rely on Him than on ourselves and He will not let us to be humiliated. He doesn’t want us to be in the darkness of fear but to be glad. Joel 2:21 says, “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.” God will bless us with blessings more than what we expect. He will fulfill our heart’s desire and lead us in righteousness. Joel 2:24 says, “And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.” God will restore those times we lost in despair. Lets begin this New Year leaving the past behind us and set our focus on things God wants us to pursue. May God bless us exceedingly and abundantly and use us mightily to build His Kingdom here on earth.