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.
The 2nd chapter of Joel begins with a devastating prophecy concerning locust. Destruction was eminent, because Judah would not obey God. He warns them how terrible this plague would be. However, He also asked them to turn back to Him. He tells them that He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness. He loves them and He wants their love in return.
As a loving God, He is a God of restoration. Throughout this chapter, God promises Judah restoration. This is where we find our promise for today. He promised restoration for the years that were eaten up by locust and cankerworm. By nature, when locusts attack crops, not only do they eat up the current harvest, but they also destroy the buds and seeds of future harvests. God promises not only to restore the harvest, but also to restore the years of future produce. What a wonderful God we serve!
This promise tells us about the nature of God. Not only will God restore the things that we have lost due to our own poor choices, He will also restore our dreams and the future of those dreams. Just turn to God. In true relationship and fellowship with Him, He will lead and guide you. He will restore lost opportunities and chances. It is never too late. He is a God of restoration.
God is a God of restoration. I know God loves me and I know that I love God. I am so grateful for the promise that God will restore unto me the years that have been eaten up by the locust of poor choices and bad decisions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.