I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten . . .Joel 2:25a
Locust swarms are currently ravaging crops in Ethiopia. This is nothing new. The Bible talks about this. Locusts are nothing more than tropical grasshoppers, except that they come together in swarms. I read somewhere that a large swarm of locust can consume as much as 35000 people eat in a day. That is devastating.
Maybe 2020 feels like the year that the “swarm of locust has eaten.” There is not much left of the year. More than half of October is already gone. We are in yet another lockdown here in Redding as COVID-19 cases have increased and put our county in the state’s purple tier, the worst in a 4-tier structure. Indoor dining in restaurants ceases. Church services can only be held outside. Classes go back online. Zoom is the norm.
Much of 2020 has already been like this. Many of us prophetic people didn’t see this one coming. People are asking, “Where are the prophets?” “Why did nobody predict this so that we could get ready for this?” Yes, we can hang our heads low along with everybody else.
When can I see my family in Canada again? Border closings keep being extended one month at a time signaling no end in sight.
Businesses that were poised to open or resume some sense of normalcy are asked to shut down again or limit the number of customers inside. It’s like a circus, yet worse. At least a circus is amusing.
Lest you think that this post is all doom and gloom, it’s not. It’s a reflection of many people’s reality at a time when people are tired of whatever this “new normal” looks like. God’s people are not exempt from the pandemic. We can thrive in the midst of a pandemic, but we are not exempt from it.
The Bible gives us hope. Right before Joel prophesies the mighty outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on all people, he prophesies abundance: rain in abundance, threshing floors full of grain, and vats overflowing with wine and oil. He will restore the years that the swarming locust has eaten.
Take courage. God is a God of restoration. God is a God of abundance. Things will be better.
I will refrain from prophetic twists on “2020.” This year has not shaped up what many people prophesied it would be. Yes, we may have clarity of vision as the economy hit the pause button and we all do a spiritual reset.
Our hope is in Him who holds heaven and earth. Look to Him. He promises us that he will restore to us the years that the locust has eaten.
What has the locust eaten from you this year?
How do you anticipate that God will restore it?
Trust in Him. Yes, trust in Him and His goodness.
By Ralph Veenstra