The locusts have no king, yet they all advance in ranks.
Why does God make an example of these insects here? Aren’t they creatures of destruction and a sure sign of God’s wrath and judgment? What does the Lord want us to learn from them? A locust is like a grasshopper. When it is alone, it is insignificant and causes no concern. However, when those insects gather into a group, they become extremely powerful. We can learn two things from locusts: unity and patience: Locusts gather in unity and wait for the wind. They act in the principle of unity: “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Eccl. 4:12). Together, they are like a plague when the wind picks them up and drops them on a field to graze. They cannot fly long distances. They fly in the direction of the wind. Just like locusts, we need to gather in unity around the same cause. Each woman, in her own home, should pray and fill her cup on behalf of herself, her children, her husband, her relatives, and everyone else for whom God gives her a burden. She may also pray for repentance of her city, state, and country.
We already learned that we have little time left. The next event will be the Rapture. Most of us are not ready for an early or a postponed rapture. It is possible that most of us are going to face persecution. It is going to get worse here on Earth, for the birth pains are only increasing as the day draws closer. Our many loved ones, including our children and husbands, are not ready either. We are in a devastating condition, and only God can help us overcome what is ahead and prepare us for the Rapture. This is exactly where women come into play in the following verses:
The LORD raises His voice in the presence of His army. His camp is very large; Those who carry out His command are powerful. Indeed, the Day of the LORD is terrible and dreadful – who can endure it? (Joel 2:11, HCSB)
The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host: ‘Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home will divide the spoil! When you lie down among the sheepfolds, You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And its pinions with glistening gold. When the Almighty scattered the kings there, It was snowing in Zalmon. (Ps 68:11–14, NASB)
Before the Lord sends His fire on our alters, a sacrifice must be present. “Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench” (1 Kings 18:38). God commands women to cry out to Him in fasting, prayer, and repentance:
“Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him—A grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room. (Joel 2:12–16)
Also, it is time to bring forth the petitions and prayers before the Lord for our loved ones and our children. Once the cups are full and the sacrifices of our prayers are on the altar, He will come and move. Jesus will do what we can’t. He will refresh us and save us and our loved ones. We can’t, but He can. We are weak, but He is strong. God is waiting for the sacrifice from our hands!
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She Divides the Spoil by Natalya Vazemiller.
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