December 6, 2018: A Day To Spend With God Alone.
Joel 1:13 (NIV)
13 Put on sackcloth, O priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God.
Do you hear this as an invitation to intimacy with God, or do you hear it as a summons from a harsh judge? Let me help you with the answer. Why are you invited to spend the night with God? It is because the grain offerings and the drink offerings are withheld from the house of the Lord.
What is significant about this? These were offerings of thanksgiving and gratitude toward God for his abundant mercy and provision. Since they were no longer offered, it would be the case that there was no joy in the house of the Lord. God desires the joy of his people be in him, but they had lost their joy in Him due to their sin. Now he is calling them to come back home so he can restore their joy.
God is never a harsh judge with his children, he does not come to condemn but to save and give his life as a ransom for many. Believe this word dear child of God. God is not calling you to come aside so he can punish you; he is calling you to come aside so he can restore to you your greatest joy.
I think it is high time for the true children of God to find some quiet place and spend it with Him seeking the one who is your only source of true and lasting joy. Now go find a place and kneel before your great God who delights to lead you to joy.