What the locusts have eaten?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

“Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:1-5)

As you look back at your past, would you say you have some regrets, bordering on being a failure in life – having achieved nothing? Wasted years! You have a feeling that you amount to nothing. You have graduated into adulthood and have nothing to show for it? Your mates are ahead of you, prospering in diverse fields and you are feeling discouraged, despondent and near depression?

Do not despair, like many of us who have lived turbulent lives, punctuated with series of hiccups and ups and downs, you may have failed but you are not a failure. There is still a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The devil wants to parade your achievements as unworthy, to make you feel that you do not match up. That is his style. As a slave master, he has no friends and after misleading you down the road of multiple errors and mistakes he stands aside, happy to have brought you to the brink of hopelessness.

I have news for you, all is not lost. You will rise again; that is the reason Jesus came “... that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b) He came to rescue the down-trodden, those oppressed by the devil, the never-do-wells. Do not look at yourself; your past life is a springboard into a glorious future because He makes everything He touches new. He restores the broken-hearted. He is the “Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” (Isaiah 58:12b) More than that, He promises to give you back all that the devourer has stolen from you; all that the locusts have ravaged. No, you have not come to the end of your rope yet. “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.” (Joel 2:25)

First, you must have to bury your past and make all your sins, shortcomings, errors and faults a stepping stone in order to be propelled into your brilliant future with no hang-ups. Jesus has done it all before and He can do it again. The devil is “the accuser of the brethren,” (Revelation 12:10b) “... a liar and the father of lies”. (John 8:44) His purpose is to discount you as useless and unfit. Jesus said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick ... I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:12)  He came to rescue the sinner, to establish him/her as a son or daughter of the Most High God.

Second, you have to accept Jesus into your life as Lord and Master. He came to seek and to save those that were lost, (Luke 19:10) in order to bring them back to the fold. As the Good Shepherd, He is willing and ready to abandon the sheep in the pen that are secure, to rescue one lost sheep, to carry you on His shoulders with joy.

The Bible bears an account of a young man that 6,000 demons had inhabited and would have completely wrecked his life. (Luke 8:26-39) He made the graveyard his home, cut himself with stones and broke chains. He was a hopeless case not until Jesus headed in his direction to release him. Satan would have destroyed his life but Jesus set him free and he returned to his right senses. He was restored and was able to preach the good news in ten big cities.

Whenever you are up against never-ending problems, remember the evil one is aware of a glorious future in store for you and would like to forestall it. Do not give in! Look to Jesus and cry unto Him for help! 

Jesus has all the answers to the questions of life – the why, the when, the how and the what. Just lay it down at His feet. He says He will turn nobody away. (John 6:37) On the cross, He told one of the brigands that was crucified alongside Him after the latter had recognised His divinity; “Today you shall be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

What is holding you back? Why the hesitation? He has washed away our past, present and future sins; have paid our sin-debt in full, washed them away and attained for us eternal life. By receiving Jesus into your life you become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), no longer to walk the road you have trodden until now. At the cross, He exchanged His righteousness for our sinful nature. We have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Give your life to Christ. His name is “a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe.”  (Proverbs 18:10)  

Author: Galandou Gorre-Ndiaye