Devotional 7/3

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. Joel 2:25

God will put you back together right in front of those who judged you.

The Lord knows we have suffered loss, and He knows our hearts have also been disappointed Unlike the Israelites we cannot stay stuck, we can come before God’s throne of mercy and ask for restoration!

You’ve suffered in a bad relationship or with a sickness for years, maybe you’ve struggled to overcome an addiction or habit, and you may feel that you’ve wasted so much time but God is about to redeem your time! He’s restoring the years that the palmerworm, the cankerworm and the caterpillar have taken (Joel 2:25). Hezekiah had a sickness that would lead to death, but God redeemed his time. He added 15 years to his life (Is. 38). And for some of us, that’s what God is going to be doing. He’s going to return to you, the time you spent crying, struggling, suffering, and in troubling situations.

If there’s anything in your life that has been broken, damaged or taken from you get ready! If you’ve been rejected, abused, offended, if your family is falling apart, if you’re lacking finances: God is ready to restore you! Remember Job, God allowed Satan to attack Job. He lost his crops, his animals, his family and his health (Job 2). But the same God who causes the heartbreak is the same God who binds the brokenhearted: the same God who causes the wound is the same God who heals the wound! Some people had to witness your loss and suffering, so that in this season they could see the goodness of God restore you!

Let’s pray:

Thank you Father God for restoring us for your name’s sake. Thank you for looking past our wrongs, past our gifts and talents and for extending your goodness and mercy to us. Thank you for using our lives to glorify and exalt your own name. We receive your rain God. In Jesus name, Amen.

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