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‚ÄúSo I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten‚ÄĚ (Joel 2:25).
Did you waste years before you repented and surrendered all to Jesus? You may think, ‚ÄúI could have been so much deeper in Christ. I could have brought so much joy to his heart. I can never make up all those wasted years.‚ÄĚ
We all want to make up to God our lost years, to make amends and repay him. But he says, ‚ÄúI will make it up to you! You can‚Äôt repay me for a single wasted hour, so walk before me in righteousness and turn from your sins. I will make up all the losses, regardless of whether they are yours, your family‚Äôs or others.‚ÄĚ
To repentant sinners, the Lord declares, ‚ÄúFear not ‚Ä¶ be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things!‚ÄĚ (Joel 2:21).
You do not need to be ashamed of your wasted years. You were born for his eternal purposes. He planned for you a life of satisfaction, joy and usefulness in his kingdom, but God‚Äôs plan for your life was interrupted by the devourer.
But now, in Christ, all is new! The Lord goes back to the day the locust came and he starts counting again from the moment you repented. All those blessings you missed were stored up, and all the joy and peace you thought gone forever were actually kept by the Lord.
Paul said, ‚ÄúForgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus‚ÄĚ (Philippians 3:13-14).
You may feel pangs of remorse for your wasted time, and memories will keep you humble, but in God‚Äôs eyes, your past is a dead issue. Your loving Father says, ‚ÄúForget the past and press on to what I have promised you.‚ÄĚ