And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
Restoration is a beautiful thing. I always find it interesting when something that was old and rusted and falling apart is restored to it’s former glory, as in a car or an antique. When a person or nation is restored to a right relationship with the Lord, it is an even more beautiful thing. These verses deal with the restoration of Israel. Looking at them, we can apply them to ourselves or to anyone who is need of restoration.
“…I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…” When we reject the Lord, we lose things. When people get away from the Lord, they lose time. They lose years off their life. And while returning to the Lord might not “turn back the clock” and literally allow us to relive that wasted time, many things can be restored and made better.
“…ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied.” When you return to the Lord, you will be satisfied. That is one of the things that He promises. He will satisfy our every need.
“My people shall never be ashamed.” This phrase occurs in two consecutive verses. Never being ashamed is an important thing. Through my life, there are many things that I have done that I have been and am still ashamed of. Following and obeying the Lord is not among them. Thinking back, I am not ashamed of any time that I ever obeyed Him. I am ashamed of the times I did not obey Him.
He can restore us, He can satisfy us, and He will not make us ashamed.