15 Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. 16 Gather all the people—the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room. 17 Let the priests, who minister in the Lord’s presence, stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar. Let them pray, “Spare your people, Lord! Don’t let your special possession become an object of mockery. Don’t let them become a joke for unbelieving foreigners who say, ‘Has the God of Israel left them?’”
Elizabeth Achtemeier says about the above, "That none of us is exempt from the need for repentance and transformation of our lives before God is perhaps the main thrust of this passage." There have been times in my life where I have seen the people of faith feel entitled that because they are Christians or believers that they are better than anyone who is not... or even those who are. The problem is that this is not the case. Joel points out yet again that everyone needs God's grace... even the believers. How does this move you forward in your belief and faith?God, show me how to repent. Transform me into whatever you want me to be. Amen.