Friday, August 11, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And all of you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that has dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. Joel 2 : 25- 26 .
LISTEN: God does not punish people for nothing, He punish to correct or reward iniquity. However, for any reason He may order punishment, He is still full of mercy. When the children of Israel abandoned their God, the Almighty God in favour of pagan gods, God brought disaster upon them, as a result, even their city of pride (Jerusalem) was reduced to rubble. Not only that, their economic, social and political lives were hampered, life generally was miserable to them all. Their farmers could not succeed in their farming activities, business people regrettably lost their various capital and businesses, plague and horrible circumstances visited the people for their disobedience. However, when they cried to God for mercy, he heard them and assured them of restoration. He promised to return them to their original condition by repairing, cleaning and making their lives better again. God promised to repair the damage sin has caused them. He asked Prophet Joel to declare his message of hope to the children of Israel in this wise : “And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And all of you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that has dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.” (Joel 2 : 25- 26).
Beloved, you may have suffered from what God has permitted in your life because of your disobedience, but as you return to him today with the whole of your heart and with sorrow for your misdeeds, He will cause you to recover all you have lost to the devil. God’s word is clear, He said, “I will restore your wasted years.” Beloved, no matter the degree of damage to your life, God will restore to you His goodness. No matter the period and kind of damage and destruction, God will restore. No matter the number of years affected by the destruction, God will restore. Because God is restoring to you the years you have lost to disasters, emptiness will be replaced with abundance, hunger will be replaced with satisfaction, shame will be replaced with glory, weeping will be replaced with laughter, sorrow will be replaced with joy (Psalms 30 : 5), poverty will be replaced with riches, etc. However, God is not just doing this to make you happy (restoring your wasted years), but He is doing it to bring glory to His name. He is not only interested in giving you restoration, but that you return all praises to him and worship him as the only true God. Beloved, trust, serve and worship the Lord and He will restore your losses.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Pray to God to restore your losses and believe that you will celebrate soonest.
2. Whatever situation you are in, ask the Lord to guide you make the right decision.
3. Just believe that God will remember and restore your life no matter what.
4. Be strong and know that if God can restore the Israelites’ shattered lives He can restore yours too.
Daily Task: No matter what life throws at you, do not give up, instead, seek the face of God and make amends where necessary as you wait for your time of restoration.
Daily Reflection: When God restore the losses of your life, emptiness will be replaced with abundance, hunger will be replaced with satisfaction, shame will be replaced with glory, etc.
Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, because you are a God of possibilities, therefore, forgive my disobedience and restore to me the years that troubles and afflictions had stolen from me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, your season of restoration has come. May God restore your losses and the years that the devil has stolen from your life, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: No earthly loss is a real loss, until the ‘loser’ himself is eventually lost without God.
Today In History: August 11, 2003. Temperatures rise to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius) in Europe; over 140 people die in the heat wave.