May 29, 2018
Joel 2:25-26… 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. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.
God names the swarm of locusts, that ate all the produce in the land, His great army. So, God sent destruction and hunger amongst His people. But, His promise is that He will give back the years that were lost. Modern Christianity has a false precept that God only does good. And, in fact, He does… but our interpretation of “good” is that it feels good at the time. Sometimes, what is good for us does not feel good. We put bits in horse’s mouths, that don’t feel good, so that we can steer and stop them and keep them from danger. Sometime God has to rein us in and keep us from danger. That does not always “feel” good. But, He is a good God. In these verses, He promises to fix what was hurt. That tells us how He thinks. He is not “up there” saying, “You got exactly what you deserve… so shut up and take it.” He is compassionate and full of love. In His heart, He wants to bless you. I remember spanking my children and afterwards feeling sad for them. Sadness is a useless emotion unless it promotes action. God acts. “Here, I will give back what the locust has eaten from your life.”
That is who we serve. That is who we trust. In a storm, don’t give up on God. He is still there, watching over you and planning your next blessing. I realize I don’t write much about God’s desire to bless us. I find it sort of self-serving. But, I cannot deny the words of the Bible and this morning, it is what I read, so we are here. If you are in a tough situation, perhaps God is directing you. The toughness is not forever; God is… and He is full of love for you. So don’t blame God and don’t beat yourself up when things go sour. Look to God and expect His comfort and love. Eternity will be full of love. (1 Corinthians 13:13
In every situation, praise God. When you experience blessing, it does not come from anywhere but Him.