Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009

Redeeming the Time

In Joel 2:25, our Lord promises that He will restore the years that the locust has eaten. This Scripture verse has meant a great deal to me over the years, especially since the locust – whom we all recognize as Satan – has eaten much of the good in my life, particularly during my childhood. Perhaps the same has happened to you. If so, be comforted and rejoice in God’s promise to you. 

You see, God is the God of the Now. There is no time with Him, for He is eternal. Therefore, what happened to us in our childhood is always present to Him. This is good news because it means that God can enter our world of time, take us back to the moment of trauma, and show us that He was there all the time. This process is called inner healing and has been a catalyst in restoring thousands upon thousands of Christians to emotional wholeness. 

We do not have to spend our lives being tormented or in bondage to bad experiences of the past. Our Lord wants to restore those years to us, and He does so by crossing the threshold from eternity into time and meeting us at the moment in time where we had the bad experience. Then He shows us that He was there with us to bring good out of that bad experience. After all, He is the “Redeemer”, the One Who bought back with His Blood. Glory to His Holy Name!

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6 thoughts on “Redeeming the Time

  1. MaryAnn,
    This addresses something that I have been pondering recently. I’ve been wondering ‘just how does God restore the years’ throughout a challenge that I experienced last week. I am expecting good things, and a wonderful breakthrough in many areas of my life. Thanks for sharing these words and encouraging me! Blessings to you and your readers,

    September 23, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    • Thanks for your comments, dear Karen. Yes, God, Who is outside of time, can enter our time at any time to bring healing and restoration. What wonderful news! 🙂

      September 23, 2009 at 10:10 AM

  2. For me, some things have not been restored. But I have experienced healing. God often lets us live with our bad choices, but He brings something good out of them. The pain of the consequences of my choices never goes away, but I’ve learned to channel it into my writing as well as being able to help others with their struggles.

    You’ve heard the saying? That which does not kill us, makes us stronger. 🙂 There’s quite a bit of truth in that!

    September 24, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    • You are right, Pam, that God often allows us to live with our bad choices. Just look at David, the Psalmist. After his sin with Bathsheba, his family seemed to fall apart with dysfunction. But thank God, His mercy can bring good out of our bad choices. Plus, as you say, our experiences help us to grow in compassion so that we can help others. Thanks so much for your comments. They are always insightful.:)

      September 24, 2009 at 5:54 PM