November 10

Today's Bible Reading
      II Kings 23
      Hebrews 5
      Joel 2
      Psalms 142
''Now, therefore, says the Lord, turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping,  and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to your Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm."  (Joel 2:12-13)
A Call To Solemn Assembly
            The prophecy of Joel was a call to revival; therefore, it was a call to solemn assembly. (1:14) The situation in Israel in the Israel of Joel's day was very similar to the spiritual climate of our culture and our generation.
            The background of Joel is a locust plague. Try to imagine life emerging from the locust plague. I've seen the devastation after such a plague. There is nothing left but gray and brown. There are stalks that used to be trees, and there is no longer the color green in the foliage that we enjoy. The locust plague that Joel describes was so thick that it blocked out the sun. Joel's prophecy can be applied several ways: Joel called for a solemn assembly, and for revival among the people of God because his generation was characterized by drunkenness (Joel 1:5), hurting preachers (1:9), stealing from the House of God (1:13), deadness in the house of God (1 :16), a heritage in reproach (2:17), and the tragic treatment of children (3 :3).  What a perfect analogy for the day in which we live.
            When a people are called to solemn assembly and to revival, God is placing several calls upon them: He calls on them to fear God (2:1), fast (1: 14; 2: 12), faith (2:25), fight (3 :9-10), and forgiveness(2:16). The same requirements are necessary for revival in your life and our culture today.  The harvest will then come (2:32; 3:13).  We must meet God’s conditions today.
            One of the things that has blessed our ministry is to be able to leave Christian correspondence courses with the converts that we have in our evangelism projects throughout the world. This ministry has grown and become one of the most effective means for following up converts from literature distribution and evangelistic crusades. Pray especially for this means to follow up on decisions among students.
''Temptation is the tempter looking through the keyhole into the room where you are living; sin is your drawing back the bolt and making it possible for him to enter."
J. Wilbur Chapman