Overcoming the Locusts

locusts“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.” (Joel 2:25)

Joel 2:25 is a verse about God’s restoration. This passage is referring to the future restoration of Israel, but it also applies to us, because we can claim God’s restoring power in our own lives when we surrender all to him.

I know, because God began to put my life back together two days after my father died. That’s when my husband was born. God knew before I was born that the locusts would gnaw through many of my years as a fatherless child, so in his love, he implemented a plan so I’d have a more secure future as an adult.

It worked. Today is my 28th wedding anniversary and I’m thankful God is a restorer

What about you? How has God redeemed your life?

If you look back to the time before salvation to your existence today, you may be amazed at how far you’ve come.

I was a gawky girl with coke-bottle-lensed glasses, unsure of myself in so many ways.

Never dreaming I’d one day be working in television.

Never dreaming I’d have my own family.

Never dreaming I’d be used by God in ministry.

Never dreaming I’d have enough to eat or plenty of clothes to wear.

But God pulled me out of the locust-ravaged terrain and planted me in a fertile valley.

He can do the same for you.

All you have to do is surrender your life to Christ and God will restore much of what appears to be lost. He alone can give you the desires of your heart.

One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 37. Over the past year, I’ve been signing our Pearls of Promise devotional books with this passage:

“Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Our father in heaven is a restorer but he wants us to first trust him and delight in him. Once we do that, the locusts don’t have a chance.


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