Joel 2:25-17, “I, the Lord, sent my army against you. The swarming locusts and the hopping locusts and the destroying locusts and the cutting locusts ate everything you had. But I will pay you back for those years of trouble. Then you will have plenty to eat. You will be full. You will praise the name of the Lord your God. He has done wonderful things for you. My people will never again be ashamed. You will know that I am with Israel. You will know that I am the Lord your God. There is no other God. My people will never be ashamed again.”
Have you ever suffered loss? I’m sure you have! Most of us have experienced the loss of something in our lives if we’ve lived any length of time at all. A loss of something that can be replaced is one thing, but how about the loss of a loved one or a relationship? Whatever the loss has been, it’s still a difficult thing to experience. But what about a cycle of loss? You know, when it doesn’t matter what you do, how you give, minister, invest, you lose everything, over and over and over again.
Not long ago, the Lord had me type this passage up, laminate it, then give it to some friends who’ve been in this cycle of loss for years. Never have I met more faithful tithers and givers, not only of finances, but time and energy. As I handed them this laminated group of verses, the Lord said, “I have sent the locust to devour, but I will pay you back double for your trouble, and just as this paper is sealed, I have sealed my Word to you. Your turn around season is here and you will bless my name and never be ashamed again.”
When God says it, it’s a done deal! You can hold that promise in your hand, memorize it, mark the day on your calendar, sew it into your clothing, stick it on your bathroom mirror, whatever you need to do to remember, God is paying you back. It’s like getting an open ended credit line that never needs to be paid back. God hasn’t forgotten your season’s of loss or how you went through that season. He said He would pay you back and He will.
Thank you Father for paybacks, the good kind, not the bad! Thanks that we don’t have to deserve it or do good deeds to get it, You simply give it to us. I love that about You. Good, bad or ugly, You love us all the same and have promised to take all the bad and use it for Your good. I trust in You, Lord. I won’t try to figure it out because it just can’t be figured. I will just allow your goodness and tender mercy to be poured out on me, to wash away all the pain of our losses as you lavish us with blessings. It’s all because of Jesus, your son. I’m so in awe of your love. Thank you! Amen