Restoring What Was Lost – Joel 2

How would you complete the following, “I wish that I had…”? These are words of regret. And all of us have things in our past that we wish we could change.

Israel certainly did. As a result of their sin, they had faced a terrible locust plague (Joel 1) and were about to face another time of great judgment (Joel 2:1-11).

But God, in His grace and mercy, says that He will “restore to [them] the years that the locust hath eaten…ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God…” (Joel 2:25-26)

They had regrets. They had things they wished they could change. They had mistakes that cost them dearly. But God graciously offered them an opportunity to repent (v.12-17) and, as a result, He would restore what was lost.

I don’t know what regrets you have. I don’t know what mistakes you have made. I don’t know what you wish you could change about the past. But I bet there’s a lot. However, if you have God in your life and if you genuinely turn to Him and believe on Jesus, He can restore what was lost. He can give you a new life, a new future, and a new relationship with God.

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