Thursday, May 17, 2018
Joel 2:18-27 (NKJV)
Then the Lord will be zealous for His land, and pity His people. 19The Lord will answer and say to His people, “Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations. 20“But I will remove far from you the northern army, And will drive him away into a barren and desolate land, With his face toward the eastern sea And his back toward the western sea; His stench will come up, And his foul odour will rise, Because he has done monstrous things.” 21Fear not, O land; Be glad and rejoice, For the Lord has done marvellous things! 22Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; For the open pastures are springing up, And the tree bears its fruit; The fig tree and the vine yield their strength. 23Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you-The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. 24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. 25“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. 26You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame. 27Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.
Today’s reading shows us how magnanimous God is in restoring our wasted years. He promised to restore all that the locust had eaten up out of the Jews, if only they could turn to Him with a repentant heart (Joel 2: 25-27). The woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5: 5-34 lost all she had because of her ill health. But one day she encountered the Lord and she was restored. King Nebuchadnezzar was another personality who lost everything he had because of sin of pride (Daniel 4: 28-37). As king, he lost his kingdom, sanity, humanity, glory, honour and so on. Yet, he recovered all. Sin reproaches and strips a man naked of God’s grace and glory, but pardon through genuine repentance restores all the lost glories.
However, those who say “opportunity lost can never be regained” do not take God into consideration because all things are possible with Him (Luke 1:37). Have your years been wasted by the enemies? You will get them back. Are you mourning because you have not been able to enjoy God’s provision and yet you are ageing? The Lord will restore your lost blessings, fortunes, opportunities, marriage fulfilment, glory and honour. He has control over your life. He can choose to add to your life the years that you have lost. Restoration is coming your way today!
Prayer: O Lord, restore unto me all my wasted years in Jesus’ name. Amen.