As we will see in the coming weeks, the story of God’s people will have further turns-for-the-worse. In part, that’s because Joel is offering a “someday” promise and not the immediate and incomplete blessing of a prosperity gospel. The key to Joel’s text is that hope is an option. It’s always an option because of the character and promise of our God. We don’t need to learn helplessness from our past or our pain, and we don’t need to resort to a rose-colored, positives-only picture of life with God. We can learn optimism by trusting God, taking every thought captive, and choosing hope.
- Joel 2:23 - 32