It is by grace that you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) The Christian life is God’s work in which we become involved. The problem is that we can become so interested in what we are...
“You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God.” Joel 2:27
The people of God, who had endured so much in their locust years, enjoy a communion with the Lord that is far greater than anything they had ever known before in their religious life. And God can restore your lost years by deepening your communion with Christ.
The Gospels tell us about a woman who had lived a sinful life, coming to Jesus and pouring ointment over his feet. Christ had delivered her from dark powers that had bound her. Her love for Christ was greater than any other love she had ever known in her life.
This woman came into a home where Jesus was eating with a bunch of career professionals who were doing very well for themselves. She knelt at his feet and worshipped. Christ had forgiven the sins of her locust years. Because she knew that Christ had forgiven much, she loved much.
But the folks in the house were embarrassed by the extravagance of this woman’s devotion. They were enjoying fellowship with Christ at the table. But the woman had a deeper communion with the Savior than any of these Pharisees had ever begun to imagine. Christ can restore lost years by deepening your fellowship with him.
Why should you not ask him for this! Tell him, “Lord, I have spent too many years without you, too many years at a distance from you. Fill my heart with love and gratitude for Christ. Let the loss of these years make my love for Christ greater than it would ever have been. Restore to me the years the locusts have eaten.”
Ask the Lord to restore your lost years by deepening your communion with Christ.