To you, LORD, I call,
for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness
and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.
To interrupt is to suddenly interfere with the progress of something. When good things are happening, interruption is not welcome. When bad things are happening, interruption is a great relief. We all need to learn how to interrupt bad news and events!
A phone call that you can’t ignore or postpone can interrupt a nice time you are having with a loved one. A phone call can also be an excuse to get relief from a stressful conversation. We need to learn how to interrupt bad news and events!
Power failure can interrupt a nice party that everyone is enjoying. Power failure can also interrupt noise pollution in the neighborhood and restore some peace and quiet. We need to learn how to interrupt bad news and events!
The arrival of police to enforce COVID 19 control protocols can interrupt a moment that everyone was enjoying. The arrival of police just when criminals are harassing and robbing a group of people becomes a welcome interruption. We need to learn how to interrupt bad news and events!
Prophet Joel has received and is now reporting bad news that is coming upon the land of Israel. Disaster after disaster. What Joel is saying is scary and dreadful. The bad news flows uninterrupted until our text today brings the most desired interruption. From Joel, we learn how to interrupt bad news and events!
Joel 1:2 tells us nothing as bad as this has ever happened. Joel 1:4 Locusts both symbolic and literal will destroy everything. Joel 1:5 drunkards should weep. Joel 1:6 Israel is invaded by an overpowering army. Joel 1:9 worship has ceased and priests are mourning. Joel 1:10 the fields of crops are ruined and the ground is totally dry. Joel 1:11 farmers despair. These are a series of terrible news. Joel 1:13 begins the interruption of the bad news. How to interrupt bad news and events!
Joel 1:13 is a call to mourning and weeping both human beings and animals. Our text today tells us that, Israelites interrupt the bad news by turning to God. They interrupt bad news by calling on God. Calling on God will interrupt any bad news and events!
When you call on God you turn your attention from the problem to God. The problem always causes double problems. First is the problem. Secondly is the greater problem which is fear in our minds. When you turn to God you destroy fear and remain with the problem which now becomes easy to perceive and resolve. The moment you call on God and turn your attention to God, you successfully interrupt the problem!
The problem is a problem because it has challenged your capacity to address it. Turning to God is tapping into greater resources that can never be overwhelmed by any problem. By turning to God, calling on God, you overwhelm the problem that was overwhelming you. When you call on God you have seriously interrupted the problem!
God may take a short time to respond or a long time, but whichever way victory over the problem is guaranteed. Calling on God is not a temporary measure, it is permanent in every way. Calling on God is a permanent interruption of any bad news or event!
Today I call on you God, answer me, and interrupt the series of things happening in my life. Remind me to always call on you when in trouble. May the call on You our God be a permanent interruption of any bad news and events in life, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
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