“I will restore the years that the locust has eaten” Joel 2:25.
What do “lost years” look like for us? Lost years (or locust years) are years that you can’t get back, and they come in many varieties. We must know that: Money can be restored. Property can be restored, broken-down cars, old houses, stores. Relationships 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 as in our quote for Today: The immediate meaning of this promise is clear. God’s people had suffered the complete destruction of their entire harvest, as a result of sin which initiated His wrath upon the Nation and the people within. He punished them through swarms of locusts that marched like an insect army through the fields, destroying the crops, multiplying their number as they went just as in case of our Nigeria.
For four consecutive years, the harvest was completely wiped out. God’s people were brought to their knees in more ways than one problem. But “the Lord became jealous for His land and had pity on His people.” God said, in verses 18 to 19 that “Behold I am sending to you grain, wine and oil, and you will be satisfied.. 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” (24, 26).
This wonderful promise for you and Nigeria means that your years of abundant harvests will now overtake the years of desolation brought about by the locusts before now, in Jesus Name! Inasmuch as you forsake the besetting sin and decide to serve Him wholeheartedly. Good Luck!