God is restoring the years you've sown in tears
Do you feel like you have been in a dry season? Where your money has dried up, Your hope has dried up, Your ambition has dried up and even your faith has dried up? One of the facts of life is that each of us will enter a dry season. But there is Good News today, We serve a God who specializes in Dry Seasons.
Money can be restored. Property can be restored—broken-down cars, old paintings, old houses. Relationships --all of these things can be restored. But one thing that can never be restored is time. Time flies and it does not return. Years pass and we never get them back.
Yet God promises the impossible: “I will restore the years that the locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25). The immediate meaning of this promise is clear. God’s people had suffered the complete destruction of their entire harvest through swarms of locusts that marched like an insect army through the fields, destroying the crops, multiplying their number as they went.
For four consecutive years, the harvest was completely wiped out. God’s people were brought to their knees in more ways than one. But “the Lord became jealous for his land and had pity on his people.” God said, “Behold I am sending to you grain, wine and oil, and you will be satisfied (Joel 2:18-19).
In the coming years, God said, their fields would yield an abundance that would make up for what had been lost: “The threshing floor shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. .You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied” (Joel 2:24, 26).
This wonderful promise for those people meant that years of abundant harvests would follow the years of desolation brought about by the locusts. God Will RESTORE TIME. I have seen in my own life God's amazing ability to restore time. So often we think that this means we can go back in time and fix the things that have been broken. This is not the case. You cannot go back in time, but you can move forward. In moving forward I have found that God will give you double, or even triple of what you have lost.
God can restore lost years by multiplying your fruitfulness. The harvests for these people had been wiped out for four years, but God restored the years that the locusts had eaten by giving bumper harvests.
MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY “Lord, the locusts have eaten too many years of our lives. You have called us as your disciples to bear fruit that will last. Too many fruitless years have passed. Now Lord, we ask of you, give us some years now in which more lasting fruit will be born than in all of our years of small harvests.”
Rev. Nicholas Richards