God can restore and renew what was lost

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
Our Bible verse for today: “I will restore to you the years the swarming locust has eaten.” Joel 2:25 (NKJV)
Our thought for today: “God can restore and renew what was lost”
This morning I want to take us back to our illustration from yesterday about learning to view things from God’s perspective. Remember the example of the car traveling on the highway. From the elevated perspective in an airplane at thirty-thousand feet, we can see where the car has been, where it is at now, and where it is going, much better than the driver in the car can see it. That’s the view from thirty-thousand feet and it is how God sees our lives.
Our problem is that we see and understand life based mostly on our past and on the present, but we’re not so good at seeing where we’re heading. This is especially problematic if we’ve lived poorly and made some bad mistakes, and now we’re struggling to get back on our feet and to get a fresh start. We’re well aware of the past, and we’re experiencing the present, but the future can look confusing, and getting back our feet can seem like a high hill to climb. I encounter this a lot in my ministry to men in jail, prison, and rehab.
The good news is that God sees what’s ahead and He knows the way for us to go. He has also filled the Bible with lots of great promises that if we will walk closely with Him, He will go with us, guide us, and restore us. Joel 2:25 (above) is just one of many such promises.
In that passage Joel reminds us that the Lord of creation, the One who is sovereign over all the affairs of the entire universe, the One who is all-powerful, the One who loves us deeply and who is grieved by our suffering, is also the One who is aware of every detail of our lives – including everything that brought us to the point we’re at in life now. Since God knows your history, He also knows what you have lost, and He knows what is missing in your life at this moment as a result of all that has been lost, or wasted, or never acquired because of that history.
But Joel 2:25 teaches that God is able and ready to restore now what was lost then. If we return to Him and live for Him, He will begin to rebuild the life that was, or build anew the life that could have been but never was. The key is living a life that is faithful to Biblical principles and which therefore honors Him. “Return to me and I will return to you”, says the Lord Almighty.” Zechariah 1:3
That’s how God sees the past, present, and future of our lives. Things may not have turned out exactly as you planned or desired, but your life isn’t over yet, there’s still more to come. God can restore the years the locusts have eaten.
We’ll think more about this tomorrow.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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