Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
Yes, those wasted years over which we sigh shall be restored to us.
God can give us such plentiful grace that we shall crowd into the
remainder of our days as much of service as will be some recompense for
those years of unregeneracy over which we mourn in humble penitence.
locusts of backsliding, worldliness, lukewarmness, are now viewed by us
as a terrible plague.
Oh, that they had never come near us! The LORD in
mercy has now taken them away, and we are full of zeal to serve Him.
Blessed be His name, we can raise such harvests of spiritual graces as
shall make our former barrenness to disappear.
Through rich grace we can
turn to account our bitter experience and use it to warn others.
become the more rooted in humility, childlike dependence, and penitent
spirituality by reason of our former shortcomings.
If we are the more
watchful, zealous, and tender, we shall gain by our lamentable losses.
The wasted years, by a miracle of love, can be restored.
Does it seem
too great a boon? Let us believe for it and live for it, and we may yet
realize it, even as Peter became all the more useful a man after his
presumption was cured by his discovered weakness.
LORD, aid us by Thy