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Then I will make up to you for the years
That the swarming locust has eaten…
You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
Then My people will never be put to shame. ~ Joel 2:25, 26
One of the greatest experiences of relief and mercy in my Christian life happened fairly recently. I’m still reeling from it a bit.
If you came to Christ as an adult like I did, you might occasionally find your thoughts wandering somberly to that before-Christ life with all it’s waste and waywardness. I sometimes have a dream, a memory, or an experience that painfully reminds me of the state I was in before giving my life to Christ. Am I the only one?
I know. Why dwell on this? We are forgiven and redeemed! We become new creations in Christ! These things are powerful and amazing realities for me. Yet sometimes the past creeps up, unwanted, and perches on my shoulder to remind me of some ugly things. Does this ever happen to you? Yes, we are redeemed, but surely the years we wasted are lost forever.
Or are they?