When the Locusts Come - Sermon series starting 11/06
Everybody has a plan, 'till they get punched in the mouth. -- Mike Tyson
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. -- C.S. Lewis
When disaster strikes, your perception of God is at risk. Unexpected illness or death, national disaster, personal loss, financial collapse, plague or epidemic - these things have a way of turning people who haven't thought about God in years into instant theologians. "God is gone... God has it out for me... God's paying me back for something I did a long time ago... God's not powerful enough to help."
This is the situation into which the prophet Joel speaks. A locust plague had come and devastated the crops and the economy of Israel. In the words of Eugene Peterson, "Joel used a current event in Israel as a context to call his people to an immediate awareness that there wasn't a day that went by that they weren't dealing with God. We are always dealing with God."
During the four Sundays in November, we're going to listen in on Joel's sermons to his people, and glean some understanding of how to think about and what to do in times of disaster and suffering. What will we do when the locusts come and eat away everything?