Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast;
call a solemn assembly; gather the people.
Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders;
gather the children, even nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.
–Joel 2:15-16 (ESV)
I did it. I joined a community band. We had our Christmas concert this past Friday. I have so many memories of playing my trumpet during my youth. Now I’m creating new memories playing trumpet in my mid-60’s!
Trumpets have always been special to me for biblical reasons. Trumpets were used by Israelite priests to gather people together. When the people gathered, the priests would share God’s truth.
Joel shared very serious words with the Israelites. There was going to be destruction of the land. The people themselves were much to blame for ignoring their responsibilities to trust God.
Joel shared the above verse to try and get everyone to take God seriously. I wonder if I need that same message.
Here I am, in the middle of the Christmas season, doing my thing, looking forward to my plans. They are not bad plans, but it seems at times that I am just going through the motions. Another year gone. What’s next?
Joel says to “consecrate a fast.” I haven’t intentionally done without for quite a while. If I do that, I can feel my hunger and translate that feeling to a hunger for God.
During these times when so many of my biblical values are under attack, I think it is time for me to get serious. It is time for me to intentionally focus on God and let go of my own plans. God’s plans are better, especially now.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your prophet, Joel, reminds me that I need to be serious with my life, especially with my relationship with You. I commit to do without in order to focus on You, even during this Christmas season.