In the Bible there are twelve minor prophets. These prophets are not minor in their time period, they are minor because of the length of their books. During their time they made great work for the Lord. The book of Joel is one of the minor prophets who has three chapters in his book. This book was probably written around 835-800 B.C. This minor prophet has some major messages. He reminds us to be a legacy warrior.
Their nation had just gone through a huge devastation from a horde of locust. I can hear Ricky Ricardo saying, “Ay, caramba!” just thinking about what they went through. These creatures destroyed all of their land and left many people in need because their crops were gone.
Joel 1:3 tells us, “Tell your children about it, and let your children tell their children, and their children the next generation.” God has called us to teach the next generation. This is one purpose that we have in this life. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
God told the nation of Israel, “Beat your plows into swords and your pruning knives into spears. Let even the weakling say, ‘I am a warrior.’” (Joel 3:10). This is a proclamation of faith. Instead of walking around saying, “I’m weak, I’m not going to get into shape, my finances will always be right” begin to walk around confessing, “I’m a mighty man of valor. I’m a legacy warrior. I’m the head and not the tail.” When we say words like this, we will begin to see our situation change.
God spoke to the Prophet Joel and said, “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…” (Joel 2:25). God is in the restoration business. He is going to restore to you the days, weeks, months, and years that you feel have been wasted. Begin to see the purpose that God has for you. Don’t let what the devil for harm to stay that way. Instead believe that God is going to repay you for all the years the enemy stole. Trust in the Lord and He will make you a legacy warrior.