Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust…”   Joel 2:25.

When I first became a Christian, this is one of the verses that I claimed for myself. Years of unbelief had cost me a great deal… precious wasted time and loss. Life is too short to wander around in that dry, barren land of unbelief where people thirst for truth and strive for clear vision.

First, the locust creeps, covering each event in life, then, they gnaw–bit by bit, and finally, they have stripped the good away right before our eyes. Locust love young, green, growing things. My early years, the years where I could have been on a righteous path; my growing, formative years; the years my mind was supple… the seeds had been sown, but I ignored them, rebelled against them, and actually, didn’t even understand them.

Satan is behind the locust; Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. He is against all good in our lives and he delights at our regret, self-incrimination, sorrow, misery, and mistakes. Hmmm… so sorry to disappoint and thwart you Satan, but I know a Merciful God, a Deliverer, a God that heals hearts and bodies, a Counselor, a God that provides. I know a God that restores my soul, and restores the years the locusts have eaten.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…  He restores my soul…  You prepare a table before me …”  Psalm 23: 1-6  Have you ever sat down at a table prepared for you? Since I do all of the food preparation in my home, I’m the one who sets the table and places the food on it.  For the times I have not had to do any of the preparation, but was merely invited to sit down at a prepared table, it was a delight and relief to say the least. For me? You did this for me? A gift from You to me? Thank you for restoring and reviving me, Lord.

What have the locust stripped you of in your life? A marriage? Relationships? A business, health, or home? What are you praying for, asking God to restore in your life? I can spend my days or moments weeping over what has been lost, but I am going to rejoice and cling to the promises from a God who delivers. “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”  Psalm 27:13, 14.