Last week in “Finding Clarity During COVID-19,” Pastor Mike spoke about national repentance and that our nation could just become a byword if we refuse to repent. This week in our study we will continue in the book of Joel and see how God lovingly responds when we do repent. 

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The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:6 & 8 NASB

“I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands.” 1 Samuel 15:11a NASB

How does God Respond When We Repent?

(Restoration)

1. (Restoration of the Nation)

Then the LORD became jealous for His land and spared His people. Joel 2:18 CSB

The Lord answered His people: “Look, I am about to send you grain, new wine, and fresh oil. You will be satiated with them, and I will no longer make you a disgrace among the nations.” Joel 2:19 CSB

• grain restored

• wine and oil restored

“I will drive the northerner far from you and banish him to a dry and desolate land, his front ranks into the Dead Sea, and his rear guard into the Mediterranean Sea. His stench will rise, for he has done astonishing things.” Joel 2:20 CSB

• enemies removed

“Don’t be afraid, wild animals, for the wilderness pastures have turned green, the trees bear their fruit, and the fig tree and grapevine yield their riches.” Joel 2:22 CSB

• pasture for animals

• fruit on the trees

“Children of Zion, rejoice and be glad in the Lord your God, because He gives you the autumn rain for your vindication. He sends showers for you, both autumn and spring rain as be-fore.” Joel 2:23 CSB

• rain

“I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust ate, the young locust, the destroying locust, and the devouring locust—My great army that I sent against you.” Joel 2:25 CSB \

• reparations for the loss

“You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied. You will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. My people will never again be put to shame.” Joel 2:26 CSB

(Plenty)

(God knows our hearts and hears our prayers)

2. (Restoration of Admiration)

Don’t be afraid, land; rejoice and be glad, for the LORD has done astonishing things. Joel 2:21 CSB

(Enlarged the Territory & Deepened the Impact)

3. (Restoration of the Generations)

And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child of Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bondservant to depart in peace, according to Your Word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:25-32 NASB

You will know that I am present in Israel and that I am the LORD your God, and there is no other. My people will never again be put to shame. Joel 2:27 CSB

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