There are times in each of our lives that may seem wasted. They may be times of sadness or sickness. Perhaps they are times when something prevents us from serving as we would desire. All of these circumstances can leave us feeling disheartened, discouraged, angry, or bitter.
Recently, my husband ran into a verse during his studies that he had never seen before: Joel 2:25, "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."
During this time in the Bible, there was a great locust plague. It was a terrible time when the locust destroyed everything. God allowed the plague, but in Joel 2:25 He left His people with a promise. The promise is restoration of the years that were eaten up by the locusts.
Sometimes it feels like trials eat up our years. They give us wrinkles and facilitate weight gain. Trials are difficult times and you may feel like you are wasting. The reality is that God will give it back. We see how God gave back to Job after his many trials, but it is important to remember that the restoration God gives us could be after this life. It might be here on earth, but we know assuredly that the restoration will come in eternity.
The army of trials that God allows to be among you and your family could be anything, but no matter what it is, there is restoration of years with God. It's hard to understand how He will do it, but He promises it, and this promise can help us to get through the times when we may feel like we are wasting our time. To God it is never a waste.