Promises Of God

Joel 2:25 (ESV)

I will restore to you the years
    that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
    my great army, which I sent among you.


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Bible Commentary

Joel 2:25 is a Bible verse from one of the Minor Prophet books, where God is speaking through Joel to promise those who repent and follow Him a complete restoration of everything they have lost.

Can you imagine receiving back everything in your life that has been lost? It almost sounds too good to be true, yet that’s exactly what God is promising in Joel 2:25.

Let’s look at deeper into this promise.

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There are several Hebrew meanings of “restore,” some of which are: to be safe (in mind, body or estate); make amends, full, give again, (be at) peace, that is perfect, prosper, recompense, restitution, reward.

All of those words sound appealing, but let’s find out what exactly needs to be restored. Let’s look at the word “locust.”

Webster’s definition of locust is: migratory grasshopper often traveling in vast swarms and stripping the areas past of all vegetation.

The word “eaten” in Hebrew means: burn up, consume, devour.

Think for a moment. Is there some aspect of your life that never seems to turn out right no matter how hard you try or how careful you are?

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Maybe it’s your finances. No matter how many times you try to save money, something pops up that takes the extra cash you put back. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to get ahead.

Maybe you lost a relationship that was dear to you, and you don’t know how to get it back. No matter what you do, nothing works.

That’s what the locust does; burns up, consumes and devours.

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God has always been in control, even when there is loss in your life. He does His best work in our trials and sufferings. Maybe that’s because we, as imperfect humans, tend to seek God more fervently when we’re struggling.

He’s always had good in mind for you, even in your hardships.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

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The times we feel most loved by God are when we finally see the beauty He brought out of a trial, because that’s when we realize He was doing something good for us, to prosper us, not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11).

Just like the cross. It was such a brutalizing, tortuous journey for Jesus, yet God had good in mind for you, for me and the whole world.

With the cross, He transformed something very ugly into something extremely beautiful. He is doing that very same thing through every difficulty in our lives, yet many times we don’t believe it, so we don’t look for the beauty.

Instead, we grovel in our misery without seeing and receiving the gift.

Look at the Hebrew meaning of “restore” again. In Joel 2:25, He is promising to make you safe in mind, body and estate, to prosper you, to reward you.

If we don’t believe His promise, we won’t be looking for the reward. Let’s open our eyes, so we won’t miss the gifts He is offering us.

When you see the gift in the midst of the pain, an intimate bond is formed between you and God because you see His love for you, which helps you trust Him more.

Ask for vision. Pray for faith so you can recognize God’s love in your life. When you expect to see the gift, it will help you tackle the next difficulty with more confidence.

That is safety, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that He deeply loves you personally, no matter what you’re going through.

Study the Bible verse of Joel 2:25, and increase your vision and faith to believe and receive the full restoration He promised you.

 

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