Archive for the ‘Joel’ Category

Already gone

February 2nd, 2016 by Maureen

I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten. Joel 2:25; If anyone is is Christ the new has come and the old has gone. 2 Cor. 5:17; Behold I make all things new. Rev. 21:5

There is no loss, no baggage, no regret, no failure in our lives that Christ cannot restore. There is no old, used up, distorted, ragged, broken, torn, vermin-ridden mess in our lives that Christ cannot make new. In fact, because we are in Christ that shiny new restored life is already bestowed upon us through salvation and the old life is already gone.  It’s only from our perspective that it is not being realized. He has made us free to live the life He realizes for us.

Lord, help me to decide, to respond, to live, and to think based on what You have made new.

Regret is a dead locust

June 3rd, 2013 by Maureen

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten… Joel 2:25

It can seem as if locusts have eaten away at our relationships and resources, at our bodies and minds, at years of our lives, and we can’t get back the wasted time and wasted potential that lack of awareness or poor choices have caused. The eternal God who is in charge of time and focused on restoration is able to give us back those locust-eaten years through His Son. The remaining time He’s given us is not meant to be spent on regret.

Lord, help me to sweep up and dispose of the all the dead locusts in my life.

Locust lunch

September 17th, 2012 by Maureen

And I will restore to you the years that the locust have eaten…Joel 2:25a (ASV)

The presence of locusts does not mean we have to become so preoccupied in dealing with them that we don’t take the time to speak love and truth, serve and bless others, hold conversations and hold hands. Years can be eaten away as a result of our own poor choices, and by trivia, worries, and busy-ness.  When our lives seem like lunch for locusts it’s comforting to think that God’s work of restoration is so complete that He can even restore lost years.

Lord, restore my locust-eaten years.

The faithfulness of rain

September 14th, 2012 by Maureen

For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring. Joel 2:23

Even in times of physical and spiritual drought we can know He has not abandoned us. We may not understand all the reasons for the lack of rain; and, even if we can pinpoint causes, we may not be able to change the conditions. What we can know is that God is faithful and that eventually rain will fall again.

Lord, thank you for the rain; drench my dusty land, drench my dusty life.

Vital and urgent information

August 14th, 2011 by Maureen

But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21 & Joel 2:28-30

The prophet Joel said it before Christ was even born. Peter quoted it after the Holy Spirit empowered him in the Upper Room. Jesus made it clear through his life, death, and resurrection. He went to great lengths to make sure the invitation was issued. Salvation is the ultimate mission of Christ and His followers. We should treat it as if it were vital and urgent.

Lord, show me how to best communicate Your message.