Pass it On

Read: Joel 1:1-4

Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. (v. 3)

My father loves to share stories from his younger days. Sometimes the stories are funny, but many times they have a bigger message. Hearing his experiences often teaches me something that can help me in my life.

The prophet Joel is urging the people of Judah, the southern kingdom of a divided Israel, to also share their story. The Israelites experienced a locust plague that overtook the land and brought devastation. Joel is comparing this plague of locusts with the coming day of the Lord, the day when all people will be judged. Like the swarm of locusts, the day of the Lord will also be complete in its destruction. The devastation will be hard to imagine. But for those who had experienced something catastrophic, it was easier to understand. God loved the Israelites and wanted to warn them that this day was coming so that they would have every opportunity to be prepared. Therefore, Joel implores them to share their devastating experience with their children and future generations in hopes that they will learn from it.

When we tell our stories, it can help others. What experiences have you had with God? Who are the people in your life who might need to hear your experiences? —Kelly Slaybaugh

As you pray, ask Almighty God to help you to be bold in sharing your stories of him with others.

About the Author

Kelly Slaybaugh lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, is a student at Asbury Theological Seminary, and an “empty nester.” She loves connecting with God through nature and outdoor activities.