Devotions: Joel

A devotion based on Joel 2:28.

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was closely connected with prophecy. Prophecy was closely connected with authority. That authority was limited to a very small number. Far back in the Old Testament, Joshua caught a group of people prophesying by the power of the Spirit. Jealous for his mentor Moses, Joshua complained that his authority was being compromised. Moses explained to Joshua that this was what Moses was hoping for. This is also what Joel was prophesying. A time when the Spirit would be made available to all people, men and women; old and young.

Joel’s prophecy was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. All Christians have the Holy Spirit. What does that mean to you? How does that affect you when you are tempted to give in to that sin? How does that help you when you are about to take on a task that seems too difficult for you? We should never take lightly that God shares his Spirit with us. Reflect on what that means for you today.

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2 thoughts on “Devotions: Joel”

  1. Spirit is an unusual concept to English readers, I think it’d become a lot easier to understand if we just used the word “wind” instead.

    Both the old and new testaments use the concept of wind to indicate any invisible force that has tangible effects. Aside from abilities to heal and perform miracles, it also is used of motivation: the internal thoughts that drive us. That’s the meaning I remember when tempted. I choose whether to give in or not. Will I be motivated by God’s spirit, or my own?

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