A British newspaper reported that a woman had hidden $20,000 worth of jewelry in a plastic bag, hoping to prevent burglars from finding it. Later, having forgotten about it, she accidentally threw the bag out with her garbage. Several workmen searched for 9 hours in a landfill before finding her treasure and restoring it to her.

Some people throw away God’s abundant and gracious blessings in their lives through blatant sin. There was a time in my life when I wasn’t experiencing the blessing of God because of worry and bitterness. When I finally realized that I couldn’t help myself, I turned to God, repentant and broken. Gradually, as He taught me through His Word to rely on Him for all things, I experienced a full restoration of His hand of blessing.

In Joel 2, an invasion of locusts had stripped God’s people of everything. What those swarming locusts did to them, our persistent sins will do to us. Our only hope is to heed God’s call: “Turn to Me with all your heart” (v.12).

To those who turn to the Lord in repentance, regardless of the sins that plague them, He promised, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (v.25).

Do you need to get rid of “locusts” in your life?