WEEKLY DEVOTION – May 17, 2021
“The Days of Joel”
One of the most encouraging and dramatic promises of God in the Old Testament, is found in the prophecy of Joel. Here we find the description of the “Day of the Lord.” In this day, the Spirit of God will be poured out with power and purpose to elevate the mission of the Lord in the world through the people who believe in this mission and purpose. These are the days of Joel.
The New Testament disciples refer to this promise especially on the Day of Pentecost, when the followers of the risen Christ proclaimed the good news that Jesus lives. They did so under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit falls upon God’s people great things occur that shift paradigms, changes lives, empowers the weak, and performs miracles. This promise is for you and for me as we do the work of the Kingdom of God in this troubled world. May this promise give you hope and inspiration:
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
Dear God, send your Spirit upon me and grant me the power to do your work in the world. The work of love, justice and mercy. Amen
Dumas Alexander Harshaw, Jr.