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In the Book of Joel, locusts destroy all crops in in the land as a result of sin against God. There were no crops left at all. The famine was so severe that even animals were thirsty and starving. There was weeping and sadness of the people including the priests. Eventually the Lord calls the people to return to Him by true repentance of sins. True repentance from their hearts not just outward repentance of tearing of their clothing. God shows his faithfulness, mercy, and compassion for his people by giving them the opportunity to repent so that he could restore them. This shows the character of God. God does not enjoy correcting his people, but he does because he will not conform to our ways, but we must be transformed to his way. If we repent, God is always merciful and forgiving.