When we and our nation sin, are we mindful that God sees us? The Bible clearly says that God sees us and that there are consequences to sin. Joel 2:11 says, “The day of the Lord is indeed great and very awesome. And who can endure it?” Joel 2:12-14a continues, “Yet, even now, declares the LORD, ‘Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning. And rend your heart and not your garments.’ Now return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil. Who knows whether He will not turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him…” What is God’s response when we repent? Joel 2:18 says, “Then the Lord will be zealous for His land and will have pity on His people.” God is ZEALOUS for us. Why? He wants us to take hold of the joy, beauty, and glory of the abundant life He gives us in Christ Jesus. What better time than now for our nation to repent? What better time than now for us to be zealous for Christ and live purposefully for Him? Return God’s zeal by praying more purposefully and living more passionately for Christ. Watch Starting Strong for a refresher.
Lord, thank You for being ZEALOUS for us. Kindle in us a zeal for You that produces in us a zeal for holiness and a zeal for our brothers and sisters, a zeal for our neighbors, and a zeal for our nation.