“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14)
“Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations. Their bloodguilt, which I have not pardoned, I will pardon. The Lord dwells in Zion!” (Joel 3:20-21)
While the book of Joel begins with a description of God’s impending judgment for the nation of Judah’s sins, it ends with the promise of restoration. For the children of God, our ending will always contain full assurance of His forgiveness and mercy!
What we see in the last passage of Joel is the promise of blessings for God’s people. “Judah” not only applies to the southern kingdom of Israel at that time, but it’s a prophecy for all those who call on the name of Jesus as Lord.
God promises His eternal presence and ends with the powerful statement that He will forever dwell in Zion- with the nation of Israel and those grafted into God’s family (Rom. 11:11-31). Jesus has provided the way for the entire world to be reconciled to Him and dwell in the house of the Lord forever!
The book of Joel contains the full gospel message of hope, and reminds us that while God’s judgment on sin is imminent, anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
When all is said and done, what side of His decision will you sit on?
[From February 7, 2019]