I’ve been a servant and a survivor during my lifetime. Each of us has stories of times in our lives when we have fought for something or someone. We also have life stories about helping and serving others. Whether we serve or survive, we feel like we are in the thick of any given situation or down in the trenches; digging our way up and out of life’s battles. Joel 2: 26-27 says: You’ll be full of praises to your God, The God who has set you back on your heels in wonder. Never again will my people be despised. You’ll know without question that I’m in the thick of life with Israel, That I’m your God, yes, your God, the one and only real God. Never again will my people be despised. (The Message)
Joel 2: 28- 32 says: And that’s just the beginning: After that—I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters. Your old men will dream, your young men will see visions. I’ll even pour out my Spirit on the servants, men and women both. I’ll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below: Blood and fire and billowing smoke, the sun turning black and the moon blood-red, Before the Judgment Day of God, the Day tremendous and awesome. Whoever calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be a great rescue—just as God said. Included in the survivors are those that God calls. (The Message)
God promises to be in the “thick of life” by our side during our struggles. He promises His Help when we call. He promises to set us back on our heels in wonder. Everyone has lost their balance at one time or another. But to “set back” means to delay, impeded or slow down. What a beautiful thought; to be slowed down in Wonder!
Joel 2 also speaks of the survivors (The Message version), the servants (Today’s New International Version) and remnants (King James Version). We’ve survived and served but a remnant? A remnant is a leftover, the last part, the remains of something or a relic. No longer will the leftovers, the last part, the remains be discarded. The impenetrable armor of God will shield and protect us. When the thick clouds part and the storms pass, we will live a new Spirit-filled life. We will live, forever, in Wonder! The relic’s become brand new because God has called.