09 Dec 2018
In Joel 2:25 we read:
“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…”
Locusts have long been associated with the devastation of crops when they swarm together, and are a key contributor to famine. But in the verse above we read that there is hope for us even in the devastation of our lives. After famine and devastation there can be restoration. “Restoration” is a very powerful word, and God wants us to be restored. He provided perfect restoration for us through Jesus.
We have been justified by Christ’s atonement for us, which means it is as if we had never sinned. God does not hold our old sins against us. I am so glad that we serve a God who consistently looks to forgive us and remove our sin. Not only does He forgive us, but He also restores what our sin has robbed from us.
In His grace He restores the negative consequences of our sin, as we read in Joel 2. In His forgiveness God behaves as if our sin never even happened (see Isaiah 1:18). He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west (see Psalm 103:12).
God’s provision is great. He says that He will give back what we have lost. The devil is a liar and a thief, but God wants to restore everything that has been stolen from us. In John 10:10, Jesus promises us that He will give us life; a truly abundant life! He wants to restore our joy, peace and self esteem.
Pause and reflect: God’s promise is true. He will restore to us our wasted years and we will eat in plenty and be satisfied. Joel 2:21 says: “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things!”