The book of Joel was written around 800 B.C. As I read Joel 2:5 this morning: “Look at them as they leap along the mountaintops. Listen to the noise they make—like the rumbling of chariots, like the roar of fire sweeping across a field of stubble, or like a mighty army moving into battle.”(Joel 2:5 NLT), I was reminded how amazing the Bible is. This picture of an armed force appears to be referencing fighter jets. Nothing else could be described this way. And this whole prophecy is about the end times and the final battle. God can show us the end with the beginning and give us pictures of what we should do.
Spencer, my seven year old, was doing devotions with me this morning and after contemplating this verse and discussing it, he said, “If you don’t know something you should always pray, because you can hear God and He can help you.”
The application that this little seven year old drew applies to us as well. He recognized that this prophecy applies to us. If God can show us something like what he showed Joel, then he can certainly talk to us about today.
He then asked, “can anyone hear God?” My response was that anyone who listens and wants to hear Him will hear Him. And with practice you can recognize His voice too. It is like Spencer being lost in a crowd. If I yell for him, will he hear me and recognize my voice? Yes, he will. Why? As Spencer said, “Because I hear you talk every day.”