Trusting God’s Timing; April 8, 2018

Joel 2:25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm —
my great army that I sent among you.”

This 2nd chapter of Joel is most famous for the promise of the Holy Spirit that comes a few verses later, that Peter quoted on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. However, this makes it clear what the background to that promise was. God had taken the nation through some pretty rough times, but here He is saying that all their trials will be wiped out by what He will provide. God doesn’t pick on us, but he allows difficult circumstances to teach us our dependence on Him. Our problem is that we can’t see past the end of our nose, and so lose hope that things are ever going to change. God spoke to Jeremiah extensively on this theme, including such famous statements as Jeremiah 29:11 as well as our verse for the year, Jeremiah 32:27. When we fixate on all the “locusts” we see around us, we lose sight of God who is far greater than it all. We look at what we see as our resources and calculate that those resources are totally inadequate – and we’re right! However, that leaves our the greatest resource of all, which is God who loves us. When that is our frame of reference, we never lose hope.

We have certainly been going through a “locust infestation” over the past few years, so this is very timely. God has in no way changed, so the point for us is to keep looking to Him. That certainly includes allowing His Holy Spirit to shine on those areas where we need to change, and applying ourselves diligently to make those changes, but it doesn’t mean losing hope, or the assurance that the vision He has given us will be fulfilled in His timing. Waiting for that timing can be difficult, but that has been true throughout history. The thing to do is to thank Him in advance for the blessings He is going to pour out. Actually from His viewpoint, He has already accomplished everything, just as Jesus said, “I have overcome the world,” even though chronologically He hadn’t been to the cross yet. (John 16:33) We are to rejoice in what God has already done “in the heavenlies,” even while we “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12)

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for where You have us right now, and for the little reminders You give us that we are still in the palm of Your hand. Help me, help each of us, trust You fully and rest, relax, and rejoice in You, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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