Read: Joel 2:18-3:21
Focus: Acts 2:17-18
“‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants — men and women alike — and they will prophesy.’”
Don’t worry. I didn’t mess up. The bottle of writing I had earlier is not affecting my wine.
My focus verse was intentionally different than the reading. Why? Because I think it’s important for us to see the congruency of God’s Word. We see Joel prophesying the outpouring of God’s Spirit on His people and here, in the book of Acts, we see exactly that.
“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” Acts 2:1-4
This is exactly what Joel said would happen. The outpouring of God’s Spirit. Although this was an amazing fulfillment of God’s promise and a mighty demonstration of His power, there were still skeptics in the crowd making accusations that the apostles were just drunk. Peter (filled with the Holy Spirit) stands up to rebut the accusations.
I’d like to make note here that Peter’s initial defense against their alleged drunkenness is, “it’s simply too early in the day for that!” (paraphrase of Acts 2:15) as if later in the day might have justified such an accusation. Hilarious! Cracks me up every time. Anyway.
Regardless of his initial response, Peter stands to give the reason for the strange behavior everyone is witnessing and he quotes Joel. His words go forth with the power of the Holy Spirit. People are saved. People are baptized. And we see the birth of the Church. All because God made a promise and fulfilled it.
It’s time to step out in the power God has poured out and stop worrying about people thinking you’re drunk. You never know. You might just see a mighty move of God.
Lord, thank You for being a God who follows through on Your Word. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit and for the amazing power He gives. Help me to step forward in that power and let me see Your faithfulness in it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.