And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Will be delivered;
For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
There will be those who escape,
As the Lord has said,
Even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.
– Joel 2:32 NASB
Like the other minor prophets, Joel prophesies of a time that we see dawning in the New Testament – the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Whoever calls on Jesus “calls on the name of the Lord,” for “Jesus” is His name. Calling on His name does mean crying out to Him, but it also means relying on His well-deserved reputation – for indeed God made quite a name for Himself in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. God clothed Himself with Christ and now wears those garments proudly throughout all eternity. God died…and rose in Christ!
From what is the person who calls on His name “delivered”? From the evil all around us. This is a perverse and corrupt age. It is hard to find people in positions of responsibility who will tell us the truth. Lies abound. These people are deceiving themselves as much as they’re deceiving us. They barely know the truth.
A secular worldview dominates popular culture, government, entertainment, education, and almost every sphere of public discourse. In the name of “fairness,” Christ must not be mentioned – lest the atheist, agnostic, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or whoever be offended. Though the founders of our country were not afraid to put “the year of our Lord” in the Declaration of Independence, yet our leaders today would never do something that has become so politically incorrect. It would cost them too much.
How will we “escape”? How will we be “survivors”? How will we be “delivered”? By “the name of the Lord.” So full of meaning is the name of “Jesus.” In it, we learn the true nature of God. In it, we also learn what is expected of us as human beings. And in it, we learn the nature of the intimate relationship God wants with us. Never has a name communicated so much. Let us every day respond positively when “the Lord calls.”
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Father, thank You for all that You communicate to us in giving us Your name. If you had not wanted us to come to You, you would not have told us Your name. Show me how to live more worthy of Your name today…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.