“By intertwining the concepts of judgment and repentance, Joel stressed that while that day will be utter blackness, God will hear those who call on Him. The response of the Lord to Judah’s repentance during the locust plague therefore prefigured His response to all Israel in the last days. God will destroy the nations who have harmed Judah just as He destroyed the locusts, and He will restore the fortunes of His people just as He made up for the devastation of the locusts. Joel tells us how God will make His Spirit abundantly available in the last days and be a refuge to all who call upon Him. Prophecy is meant to challenge God’s people to live righteously in the face of opposition and struggle. Prophets like Joel show us the cosmic dimensions of life. Joel also shows us that God is at work in all aspects of life; even disasters are a part of His plan. Joel underlines God’s control of the physical aspects of life in an age that increasingly seeks only scientific explanations. Such explanations may be helpful, but they do not explain why, only how. Joel also teaches the importance of repentance and regular communication with God. The greatest tragedy of the locust plague was not the loss of daily bread but the loss of fellowship with God. Jesus reiterated the words of Deuteronomy 8:3, “Man must not live on bread alone” (Mt 4:4).” (HCSB)

2:12-13, “Even now—this is the LORD’s declaration—turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and He relents from sending disaster.” Tearing one’s clothes was an outward expression that someone was either angry or depressed with a situation in their lives. In these verses, God instructs us not to just show an outward expression of our feelings, but the inward expression is more important. Even though, God knows what is on our hearts, He wants us to pour our hearts to Him as a sign of trust.

3:16, “The LORD will roar from Zion and raise His voice from Jerusalem; heaven and earth will shake. But the LORD will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for the Israelites.” When disaster comes, God provides protection for His people. As long as we rely on God alone, there is nothing that can get in the way of His shield.