During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—Joel 2:25 (NIV)

Repaid for the Years the Locusts Have Eaten

By Jann RoederCommunications Administrator

Everyone lives with regrets. Most people have had moments when they have felt abandoned by their heavenly Father. During Lent the United Methodist Book of Worship asks us “to observe a holy Lent: by self–examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self–denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word”.

Joel talked about the locust invasion as a result of God’s judgment. As believers we have been given grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. God no longer judges us nor punishes us for our sins. Forgiveness was done at the cross for all who call upon Jesus’ name.

But there are times in our life that we still feel neglected. We are so loved by our Heavenly Father that the power in this verse is not negated on this side of the New Testament. Restoration is always available.

In the circumstances of my life I have used this verse during times of great crisis…when most of my hours were spent agonizing needlessly for Him to listen to me. I know He always hears and answers my prayers but there are times when I just have trouble faithfully believing His promises. Even for times when I needlessly worry about what is going on today I know that my faith is wavering. Many times I have asked God to just restore the hour, the day, the months and even sometimes the years to me. He is always ready to do what His Word says He will do. We just need to learn how to use His Words to request the comfort that is needed. HIS Words….not ours.

Dearest Heavenly Father, please restore to me all the minutes that I have wasted on worry. Increase the time that I have faith….and decrease the time that I don’t trust in You. In the precious Name of Jesus. Amen.