We often group “signs and wonders” together and mistakenly think of them both as something “wonder-ful”. We must understand that signs come to confirm God’s Word, and wonders come to warn us of impending judgment. In scripture, wonders are equated with the plaques that came upon Egypt at the time of Israel’s deliverance. Wonders were also known as phenomena that accompanied war. The parting of the Red Sea was a wonder that served as both the salvation of Moses and the Israelites and as judgment for Pharaoh’s army.
In Joel 2:30-31, the prophet describes wonders as “blood, fire, and pillars of smoke”. He says, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” Then in verse 32, he says that “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God promises that He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. The key to receiving God’ s outpouring is repentance. The prophet Joel repeatedly tells us to return to God, to weep in repentance. He specifically says to “consecrate a fast and call a solemn assembly.” This call to prayer is a call to repentance that leads to deliverance and restoration.
Today, dig deep in your heart and relinquish anything that is not of God. Examine your life, your home, and your habits. Is there anything that dishonors or displeases the Father? It’s time to turn away from those things and return to God.
Reading: Acts 2:1-21; Acts 3:19; 2 Corinthians 7:1-12; Joel 1-3