Scripture Reading: Joel 2:25-26
Let us start our refection today with this true story: Many years ago, a top Government functionary was fired for what was termed “Official misconduct”. He lost all honour, position, respect and benefits, and for some years he remained in that pitiable condition with his family in a rented apartment seeking the face of God. Infact, he became poor, a prisoner of himself and rejected by colleagues and friends. During this time, his colleagues in other government offices and departments were promoted to higher positions with commensurate benefits. By act of God, one day, he was invited to the office by his former employer and handed him a letter of re-instatement. He was not only re-instated but was promoted to a higher position and rank as his colleagues with all the benefits attached to the new position and rank. All the benefits he lost during the years of his sack were paid to him. Infact, his letter of reinstatement and promotion was back dated to the date he was sacked and the date his colleagues were promoted. There is nothing impossible for the Lord to do.
Our scripture reference this today says: “I will give you back what you lost in the years when swarms of locusts ate your crops. It was I who sent this army against you. Now you will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied. You will praise the Lord your God who has done wonderful things for you. My people will never be despised again.” (Joel 2:25-26). Dear reader of Daily Strength, one assurance that the Lord gives to us always is that he is always with us in good times and bad times and would not abandon us. What he requires of us is to seek him and come before him in humility and ask of him our needs. The top government functionary in our story sought the face of God in his time of distress. He did not go from one officer to the other seeking for help where there was none. He knew that his help is in the name of the Lord who holds the key to his life and who can do the impossible for him. He knew that it was only God that can change his situation and cause dew to fall on scorched land. Beloved in the Lord, you may have invested heavily into a business venture with positive yield. You may have been jolted on several occasions by suitors and now feeling that there is no hope for a God-sent young man or lady to come your way. You may have been waiting on the Lord for a job these long years after your graduation. However ugly your situation may seem, the Lord says to you today that your wasted years shall be restored.
I was listening recently to Father Agbonlahor’s testimonies of God’s restoration in the life of some women who did not have children for very many years of their marriage. I broke down after one of the testimonies: “A woman came to Fr. Agbonlahor for prayers and she was assured of God’s favour and blessing. Not long after that, she became pregnant and had twin babies she became pregnant again after a short space of time and had twin babies again. Dear friends you fully know and understand the God you serve. He is the God of restoration. The woman that was barren for about twenty one years of marriage is now with four children in a space of about four years. Hosea 14:4-8 brings you the litany of the Lord’s promises of new life for Israel (put your name in place of Israel). Then hear Ezekiel 36:9-22: “I am on your side and I will make sure that your land is ploughed again and that seeds are sow n there. I will make your population grow’. You will live in the cities and rebuild everything that w as left in ruins. I w ill make people and cattle increase in number. There w ill be more of you than ever before, and you w ill have many children. 1 will let you live there as you used to live, and I will make you more prosperous than ever. Then you w ill know’ that I am the LORD”.
The Lord who shut up your womb, the Lord who sent you into the labour market for a while, the Lord who allowed you pass through the rough waters of life has showed concern for you. He says that he will remove the locust army that came from the north to eat up what he had destined for you because of your sins and drive some of them into the desert. He concludes with this promise: “I will give you back what you lost in the years when swarms of locusts ate your crops.” Trust in the Lord and believe every one of his words. If he did it for the government functionary; if he did it for the woman after twenty-one years of barreness, He will do it for you because his plans for you are for good and not for evil. He will surely do what he has said he would do. The Lord will restore all to you. Shout Amen!!!
Daniel 7:15-27; Daniel 3:60,61,62,63,64,65 (R. 60b); Luke 21:34- 36
- CATHERINE LOBOURE
- Thank God for today’s reflection
- Come to the Lord in humility and repentance and ask for forgiveness for your wrong deeds
- Something makes you weep and cry these long years. Now bring it before the Lord.
- Ask the Lord to intervene in your situation
- The Lord heals all lands and restores all that the wicked ones have destroyed in homes and lives. Pray therefore with Joel 2:25
- Give praise and thanks to the Lord for what he is about to do in your life. It is going to be wonderful.
Exercise: Share the message of today with somebody who has been waiting on the Lord
Memory verse: Joel 2:20