a word for 2013

How often I have quoted the prophesy contained in the verses of Joel 2: 28-29.  I am very familiar with the words describing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of spiritual gifts through God’s servants, young and old.

Honestly, I never paid much attention to the passage preceding the well-known prophesy.  Joel 2: 25-27 presents to me a message of great interest now that the word “RESTORE” is upon my heart to guide me spiritually in the year 2013.  The New King James Version states,

So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.  You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and my people shall never be put to shame.  Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:  I am the Lord your God and there is no other.  My people shall never be put to shame.

I thank the Father for this word today.  I need restoration, do you?

I readily identify the three types of locust spoken of in the scripture.  2012 brought with it in the first week the unexpected death of my father, and that crawling locust was right alongside of me as I was emotionally crippled and incapable of running my race with full strength.

The consuming locust came later in the year when all focus shifted to a rift in a body of believers with whom I am associated.  The disunity was all-consuming and forced me to experience a season of spiritual brokenness.

The chewing locust.  How I resent the tormentor who inflicted me with mental anguish as he attacked my thought life.  I needed a divine deliverance, and the Lord showed up mightily on a night that I declared with everything in me that I believe He is my Healer.  However, the enemy came back with a bigger bite.  Through one who is close to me, he sought to tear me down.

And so, I start 2013 with the ability to recognize the fact that I need restoration.  Just to say the word, “restore” brings a sweetness to my soul.  Enough ravaging.  Enough loss.  Enough being pressed down.  Enough persecution.  The Lord Himself is here to restore the years that the locust has eaten.

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