Thursday, April 20, 2023

Joel 2:28

And afterward, 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.

Scripture Insights

Over the years, I have heard Joel 2:28 quoted many times in various contexts. On these occasions, I remember learning a lot about God pouring out his Spirit and the resulting dreams and visions. I don’t recall hearing much about the verse’s two introductory words: And afterward . . .

And after . . . what?

Joel is a prophet who announces that God’s judgment on a wayward people is close at hand. In the book that bears his name, Joel issues a stern warning and calls the community of Israel to repentance. He urges God’s children to fast and pray with contrite hearts. Only when the Israelites posture themselves in humility before God, he explains, will deliverance and prosperity result.

And afterward . . . a faithful and loving God will pour out his Spirit. Anoint- ed dreaming and clear vision require right thinking and right being.

May it be so in us today.

Today’s Prayer

Thank you, Father, that you desire to give us vision for the future you have in mind. Purify our hearts, that we may have ears to hear and eyes to see your direction.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on the vision of the church in Canada and the United States.

—Bonnie Perry
General Editor, Church of the Nazarene Editorial Director, The Foundry Publishing

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