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.
I apologize. I’ve missed two days of posting on my advent blog. Yes, I really have not had even a few minutes to sit down and make an entry. I could give you the list of the things that ate away my time in the last few days. I have my locusts; you have yours. They are activities associated with work or home life that are urgent and important. We have to make decisions.
Again, I apologize for missing my posts. I think there are about 30 of you who really read this, and it means the world to me. My missing it does not mean it is not important. That’s the point. Sometimes the most important things get crowded out by things that are equally important, but also burningly urgent. I’m not talking about time-wasters; we all have those too. I’m talking about “great army” locusts that swoop down as a devouring horde. The promise in Joel is not, “I will restore (or replenish) the time you wasted.” Although one could argue that sin was at the root of the destruction God acknowledges sending, He is doing something here we all want Him to do. He is seeing the destruction from our limited viewpoint and introducing His own unlimited, sovereign power to reverse it. We crave this. Amen. This is a great verse to pray back to God!
Though Christmas can be depleting in every way, it has built into it the some of this reversing power of God. The birth of Christ – if we let it get ahold of our hearts and minds – can reverse our fear, cynicism, exhaustion, and bitterness. It can. The Gospel can do this and much more. Let’s join together in letting this story in. I’m tired of missing out on my life because of my life! How about you? The key to overcoming locusts is found in the person and promise of Jesus Christ. If I see that God is in control – funny how this works – I start to feel like things are getting better. He replenishes indeed.