Restoring Lost Years
THIS IS 1 TEACHING.
Joel 2:23-25 declares, “Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before. And the [threshing] floors shall be full of grain and the vats shall overflow with juice [of the grape] and oil. And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten—the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you.” AMP
When we experience loss, pain or suffering in our lives, sometimes it’s the result of other people’s actions and sometimes it’s the result of our own behavior and attitudes. In Joel the children of Israel had turned away from God. As a result of their poor choices they suffered a locust plague that destroyed everything in the land. But this is how amazing God’s goodness is. Even though it was their own fault, God still promised to restore everything that was lost.
There was one main key to the restoration. Joel 2:13 “Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].”
When we turn our hearts to God He releases His supernatural restoration in our lives. Even if we are suffering the consequences of our own bad choices, when our heart is submitted to God, He moves in and in His amazing love and goodness restores every lost moment.
God is so big that even if He has to add extra years onto your life, He can do that. And the glory of your latter years will be greater than your former! Get ready to see restoration on every level. Restoration of your heart, mind, soul, emotions, physical body, relationships, family, and years that may have been wasted. Get ready to experience God’s extravagant goodness in every area of your life!