Monday, July 14, 2014
July 14 – Restoring lost years
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten… (Joel 2:25 NKJV)
Modern farming techniques and pesticides have largely made locust plagues a thing of the past. But when these were common, a swarm could cover hundreds of square miles and consist of many billions of locusts. The noise of a swarm chewing on plants and leaves could be heard for miles, and nothing green was left in its wake. The landscape looked as if it had been through a war after a swarm had passed through.
But virtually the same thing happens today when people and families are attacked by a drug or alcohol addiction, continuous financial problems, divorce, crime, violence, and abuse. People can feel robbed and destroyed when year after year a problem continues its ruthless destruction of their lives and/or families. After many years of this, if people are not taught to fight back in faith and overcome the past, they will tend to accept their “new”, limited, depressing way of life, and decide that anything more is completely impossible.
In this case, today’s promise is truly amazing news. It promises that the many years that the locust have eaten will be restored to us. What the devil stole over the period of five or ten years, God could restore in only one, and so for people of faith, their old life and mistakes are no longer a complete waste, because God will restore all that we have lost… and more.