This is a really short book. But already the main point is even clear to me. Here, in the midst of this destruction, the Lord tells his people that if they will rend their hearts, and repent, he will relent of the disaster that is coming upon them.
My first reaction is one of incredible joy, that God will grant us a way back even in the midst of terrible punishment and destruction. And also of joy because He says that we can return to him, that it is possible. The enemy comes and whispers in our ear, “You blew it this time, no way God will take you back after this”. It is so subtly planted in our mind that we just agree with the thought, assume it’s our own, and spin down as we believe the lie. But here Joel says that even in the midst of terrible punishment for sin, we can return. We can return, turn away from sin and be refreshed. God has made a way. The lie is not true. And we live in the days described below.
Joe 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.