Joel 2:25 (KJV) ~ And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.
A few years ago, I watched a TV program on wild locusts and the way they destroyed everything that stood in their path. With devastating effect, they descended upon a field of corn. Within half an hour the swarm wiped out the entire field of corn, leaving nothing but a vast wasteland. In my mind I could almost picture the enemy of souls, like a swarm of locusts eating away at a harvest of blessing over someone’s life. What does the swarm of locusts do? They devour your field of blessing, eating away at your joy, your provisions, your way of being able to fully prosper. But never fear, for the green shoots of blessing will appear and God will restore unto you the years the locusts have eaten.
Have you ever felt you have been robbed and cheated out of blessings? Have you ever felt as if you have gone through a wilderness experience? Have you ever felt as if you never got on in life but have faced a swarm of locusts over your harvest of blessings?
Now is the time to ask the Lord for the wind of change over your life, to blow the devourer away. Something amazing happens when you are faithful with your tithing unto the Lord; here is His promise to you from Malachi 3:10 to 11 (KJV), “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.”
Did you notice the powerful promise from God in verse 11? “I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.” Let the wind of His Holy Spirit blow over your life; let Him rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so you will experience the latter rain, so your threshing floors will be filled with grain and your vats overflow.
My friend, God will restore your blessing; He will restore your field of blessing. He causes such a blessing to come upon you that you will not have enough room to contain it. God will turn things around for you: all your years of emptiness, of loneliness, of just getting by, of not seeing any fruit for your many years of hard work. The Bible says in Job 42:12 (KJV), “So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.” Job remained faithful to the Lord even in years the locusts had eaten. We must develop a way of life of being faithful to the Lord during those years of lack, as the Bible says in Habakkuk 3:17 to 18 (NIV), “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” We must be faithful to Him in all times, and rejoice in Him, in good times and not so good times.
We keep serving God and being faithful and He will do for us, as our text for today says in Joel 2:25 (KJV), “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.” And once more, we will live in the abundance of His blessings; His blessings that the devourer will not touch, because God has rebuked him for our sakes. He is a God of restoration, and as He has promised He will restore unto you the years that the locusts have eaten. Get ready to receive, from God, your blessings of restoration.
God bless you my friend, Matthew.