From Evil to Good

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten” ~ Joel 2:25

When Jacob visited Pharaoh’s courtyard, Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?. Jacob rather than telling only his age, said  “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” Indeed he had a painful life journey – running away from his brother Esau for fear of death, being cheated by Laban, enduring hard labour as he looked after Laban’s flocks, painful family issues, Rachael dying before him and Joseph reported to have been killed by a ferocious animal.

But God turned things over for good. Not only was Joseph kept alive and blessed, Jacob himself experienced some good things before he died. Having seen his plight, God gave him seventeen more years in Egypt to dwell in fertile Goshen. He could finally meet Joseph and even have all his children and grandchildren surround him before his last breath. He could bless them and see the promise of God coming true.

As scripture says “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten”, so it is true in our lives also. Though we cannot expect the exactness of the promise of God to unfold, God does it in his own way.  But it is an encouragement for us that he will restore what has been eaten by the locust in our lives. He will heal the afflictions and bring in joy and fulfillment. God will also plant in us the purpose of our lives and enable us realise it. But in between there might be those long dreary years, wasted moments when nothing of significance happens.  Moses who was trained in Pharaoh’s courtyard and became a fine orator ans scholar, virtually did nothing for 40 years apart from looking after the sheep in the desert, away from all the pomp and show and privilege. Cut away from city life, he lived a secluded life, so much so that he lost his eloquence and skills. But God who sees the heart commissioned him and gave him forty more years of fruitful ministry.

When we are called to tread a  similar path, may this be true in our lives also. As we wait upon the Lord may God make our journey fruitful.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I worship you for you are indeed a great and mighty God, who can repay the years that the locust has eaten. Thank you for your grace and love for me. I give my life to you. Amen.”

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