Are Years Of Our Lives Being Devoured By The Locusts?


“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…” (Joel 2:25)

The book of Joel centers on a prophecy that Joel made after the land of Judah was smitten with a severe drought and with locusts because of their unrighteousness. Joel assured the people that through repentance they would again receive the blessings of God (Joel 2:12–14).

The question that all of us must ask is, “Are years of our lives being devoured by the locusts?” Many years ago Spencer W. Kimball gave an outstanding talk using this metaphor. In his discourse he taught:

“…as I remembered the “years that the locust hath eaten,” I reflected on the lost weekends and wasted years of many people…The world is full of opportunities missed. Many of the impressive talks of this conference have told of people who failed to accept the gospel when presented; of dropouts from high school, college, and employment; of waste through drugs and immoralities; of failures to accept Church and community service; of bypassing a proselytizing mission of…abortion, and other means of damaging or destroying the family and home life so strongly urged as vital to our continued civilization. All this reminds us that though we must be in the world, we need not be of the world. (John 17:11, 14-16) (“The Years That the Locust Hath Eaten”, GC, Oct., 1970)

The joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that if we grasp the opportunities that lie ahead and move forward with faith, we can not only stop the ‘locust’ from eating away at or lives, but we can have the Lord restore us so that we can become whole. There is no question that missed opportunities may never come our way again, but the Lord has promised that if we repent and turn unto him, our garments can become clean from the sins of the world. As Paul so eloquently testified before King Agrippa regarding his personal vision from Christ:

“I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness…To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light and…that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” (Acts 26:18)


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