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THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

Date: August 30

Category: After Repentance

Joel 2:25-26
"And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten – the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you. And 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."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThe name, "Joel" means the Lord is God. This book was written around 830 BC. During this time, the relationship between God and Israel was broken because Israel had disobeyed God. As a result of Israel's sins, God punished them. The punishment He gave was a severe locust plague. We can see here that God promises that He will restore and replace the years that the people of Israel lost. So just as we have lost things in our lives, God promises that He will restore and replace those things for us. But as we go back and read the other verses in this chapter, we can see that there are three things that we need to do before God can restore us.

In verse 12 it says, "Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning [until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored]." So even though He punished Israel, God's desire was for Israel to return to Him. Punishment exists with the purpose of restoration. So if we have sinned, God wants to give us another chance. That's why He says here, "Turn and keep on coming to Me." The first step to recovery is repentance, turning away from our sins and turning toward God.

Then in verse 16a we read "Gather the people, sanctify the congregation…" In other words, we are also to sanctify ourselves for the Lord. Sanctification means setting ourselves a part from the world. If we have been giving our bodies for worldly use, now we have to start giving ourselves for godly use. In Colossians 3:8-10 we read that we are to put off the old man and put on the new man. Sanctification is the second thing we need to do.

The third thing we need to do is stated in verse 17a. "Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; and let them say, Have pity and spare Your people, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach…" In other words, we are to come to the altar of God and cry out to Him for mercy. We are to go to God in prayer and ask Him to show compassion to us.

So first, we have to turn away from our sins and turn toward God. Secondly, we have to sanctify ourselves for godly use. Thirdly, we have to cry out to God and ask Him for mercy. Those are the three things that we need to do if we want God to restore what we have lost. We read something similar in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land." So you and I need to do those three things if we want God to recover us back to prosperity.

Once we do those three things, there are three things that God will do as well. We read in Joel 2:18, "Then was the Lord jealous for His land and had pity on His people." Anytime we turn away from sin and turn toward God, God shows us mercy, grace, and compassion upon us. The second thing that He will do is found in verse 20a, "But I will remove far off from you the northern [destroyer's] army and will drive it into a land barren and desolate…" In other words, God will stop the enemy, which is whatever that's been attacking you, and He'll drive that enemy away. The third thing He will do is found in verse 23b, "He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before." So God will send the rain into our lives. That's the blessing of God!

But remember: that rain isn't going to bless you personally if you haven't planted any seeds. Some people misunderstand this teaching and think that God will restore us without us having to do anything. Along with turning towards God, sanctifying ourselves, and asking God for mercy, we also have to work. As we work, God will send the rain; He'll send the blessing. That blessing in combination with our hard work is what leads to the restoration of the things that we have lost.

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