Joel 2:25-26… “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed” (KJV).
“And I will restore unto you“… What a promise. The devastating plagues in Joel’s time devoured the crops. God called the swarms of locusts and their friends “my great army” (v. 25). There is a lesson in all of this for us… God is the master of that which is irreversible. The Lord is the Lord over devastation too. Life is full of seemingly irreversible happenings. The crop that the locusts ate up was a lost crop. The months that the prodigal spent in a far country were lost months. Israel’s thirty-eight years in the wilderness were lost years; a whole generation was lost because of unbelief.
Many people have made “lost” decisions… the person who would not obey the Lord’s call, the person who married the wrong woman/man, or the young people who followed the wrong crowd and went into drugs and alcohol and immoral conduct. God has something to say to them… “I will restore to you the years that the locusts hath eaten” (v. 25). God is saying, “I am a Restorer. I can reverse what seems irreversible. I can turn your life around.” Israel planted the seed the next planting season and a harvest was reaped. In one year the Lord wiped out every trace of the locust’s work. In one year there was no sign of the devastation. When Jesus healed the crippled man in John 5, He wiped out thirty-eight lost years. The man’s condition was irreversible, but Jesus had power over the irreversible weakness. He reversed the progress of leprosy in the lepers. He reversed the death of Lazarus. Jesus is the great “turn-around-er.” The Lord can help you as well. Have you a weakness? He has power over every irreversible weakness.
Psalm 103:4-5… “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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