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April 9, 2022 8:00 pm
“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten..."
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The joy of restoration in the text is Joel chapter 2 verse 25 and I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the canker worm and the caterpillar in the palm of my great army which I sent among first of all we want to think about the day of trouble. It was a day of trouble. It was a day of judgment. When God sent these destroying insects in among his people, and it brought total devastation judgment from the Lord in the fourth verse of chapter 1 Joel chapter 1 verse four says that which the Palmer worm have left half the locust eaten and that which the locust left half the canker worm eaten and that which the canker worm Left the caterpillar eaten for 64 nation is come upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion and he have the teeth of a great line.
It laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree he had made it clean bare, and cast it away.
The branches thereof are made white test even the bark on the tree's have been removed so much a dismal time people were in an agricultural society. They would plant the crop they would anticipate the harvest. There life depended on it when destruction came, it was empty bare so verse 12 says the binders dried up the fig tree languishes a pomegranate tree, the palm tree also and the apple tree. Even the trees of the field are withered because joy is withered away from the sons of man. So because of this devastation. Joy was weathered. It was a dark difficult time and certainly in our life. It shames the trials sometimes come just one after another joy is withered and were told to rejoice evermore in Philippians 44 says rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.
So God would have us rejoice, even in the midst of our trial. That's easier said than done. You can read what the Scripture said about X God's word. I agree with that without a new but when the trials are severe in their long-lasting very difficult to rejoice mainly to rejoice because you like the difficulty she wouldn't be in the friction easy to bear but to rejoice in the Lord, because you know that he is sovereign. He's in control.
He's your support teacher strength is your comforter, trials, troubles take many forms that we've seen much suffering in our country and around the world from the coronavirus so much uncertainty about even as the health experts feel that they are making progress said that they have a cure. Still a lot of unanswered questions and some of them will admit that periodically. They're just things I don't know the uncertainty of it all gives an added sense of pain, trouble, and then each of us in our own lives have difficulties that we encounter troubles come our way. Things that may cause us briefly to have anxiety is for the baby just talked about that. This morning, and yet we know that to worry, to be stretched to be full of anxiety is just pleasing to God. And so, indeed, when there are judgments could come as judgment didn't come upon these people invest time later start the last we sometimes do you feel like God is judging America. I can't make a dogmatic statement about what God is doing, but I think contents of the right to judge America would be think about the direction judgment heading out for quite some time and certainly what we view on the horizon is not very hopeful. So it's a dark dismal time in many way as we think about the date of trouble. And then there are spiritual struggles spiritual struggle Psalm 69 reading in the first verse save me. Oh God, for the waters are come into my soul.
How it's one thing when you're passing through deep waters, but it's even worse when you have say waters are coming on the muscle Lord I feel like I'm drowning trouble just so great that doubts the fears that plagued me are so difficult. I feel like I'm drowning in my trouble. I sink in the mire where there is no standing by, and quicksand. Try to put my foot on something solid that I'm single and lower.
I sink in deep mire where there is no standing, I'm coming to Deepwater's were the floods overflow me I am weary of my crime. My throat is dry my eyes failed while I wait for my God, and have been there I said hello but I have had my troubles but I don't think I've ever been quite where this man was now I'm not suggesting that you try to find the deep hole so that you can get into the miry clay but in the event you ever get there. You know that you're not the first one to arrive attached. Seamus was there a long time ago how difficult are those day's when you feel to be sinking in the mud you're asking God to help distracting to lift you up and it seems it. No progress is being made. Your struggle continues. Jeremiah spoke of his prayer being shut out. I cry and shout and he shut out my prayer in those times you think of brighter days show Lord, why can't it be like it was some years back.
There were days when I felt that was closer to you than what I feel at the moment days where I felt that your blessings were enriching my life on a daily basis moment feel like having in the deep waters I'm sinking in the mire I'm making no progress. William Cooper said in one of his hymns. Where is the blessedness I knew when first I saw the Lord.
Where is the soul refreshing view of Jesus and his word peaceful hours. I want to enjoy how sweet their memory still, but they have left an aching void. The world can never fail.
William Cooper was one who had a lot of struggles wrote him also. God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform a plaintiff footsteps in the sea arrived upon the store but he was constantly pointing people to the Lord for the help that they needed Psalm 102 first one describes spiritual struggle, hear my prayer, Lord, and let my cry come onto the high five things from me in the day when I'm in trouble. Incline thine ear under me much about what an unusual prayer pilot.hiding things of the fact is that he did. He sometimes hides his face because this life is sometimes hides his face so that we just don't take things for granted. We know how desperately we need we need to examine our own hearts to see that if our prayer life is what it ought to be. But whatever the purpose of having in his face. Seamus felt like this is what he was experiencing totally pointed Lord hi… Thanks from me when I'm in trouble. Incline thine ear unto me in the day when I call, answer me speedily felt when you pray that you and Pete is a court. Please answer this in a hurry and if you dare say that the new felt a little guilty. Am I being presumptuous, that has Lord, hear me speedily when you find in the Bible that one prayed in that matter, say well maybe it's all right.
Maybe when my case is so desperate when my need is so great I call and I pray hard hear me speedily for my days are consumed like smoke and my bones are burned out and say that his condition is just a one day after another just like smoke could ship for a moment soon it's gone, which empty and are as though they were burned as of half his condition was so cute that he describes even physical suffering are contributing part of what he's experiencing and then we have to think about seeing itself not just a variety of spiritual struggles, we might encounter, but the strength of the company. As a result of sin.
Psalm 31 verse nine, have mercy upon me. Oh Lord, for I am in trouble. Mine I is consumed with grief. Yesterday my soul and my belly for my life is spent with grief in my years with sign my string because of my iniquity and my bones are concerned.
Once again, such vivid language describing in depth and detail what difficulty the psalmist was enduring the plaintiffs was written along with Psalm 51 after David's right shin and he says in verse 12. I am forgotten as a dead man out of my I am like a broken circuit. Shin can bring a person to that point have a broken vessel, Lord, my life is spent with grief except the group go away mourn and grieve over this perpetually but in verse 22.
It said, for I said in my case I'm cut off from before the cause of the grief that I experience because of the magnitude of my sin said what sleeps uncomfortable God. Forgive but eventually I was hasty when I said that nevertheless now heard is the voice of my supplication. When I cried to the even though he may initially have felt God will not hear. I sent this to Greg. He still cried. He still saw the Lord. The good news is that when he cried. God heard so if you come into a dark place you feel like is no need to pray God will not hear me. Don't make that assumption called on call and he will hear. So the next thing we see in this passage in the book of Joel after we see the devastation that was experience that is the need to seek the Lord.
Chapter 1 verse 19 Joel 119 oh Lord took the ULI cry for the fire environment. The pack trip to the wilderness and the flame burned all the trees of the field.
Here again is a vivid description of the devastation they had experienced the beast of the field cry also under the for the rivers of water are dried up and the fire had devoured the pastor of the even the beast or suffer the consequences of this devastating experience that one of the product.
They have no place to go drink and have nothing to eat because vegetation has been destroyed in 1680 more to see. Will I cry as he described the great trouble gives in detail what they have experience he still seeking God kind chapter 2 we see that it must be not only a matter of calling on the Lord seeking God, but a matter of repentance. Joel chapter 2 beginning with verse 12 therefore also now saith the Lord turned me even to me with all your heart, regular call on the Lord shall be more than lip service to get me a casual thing. He says turn with all your heart and with fasting and with weeping, and with morning Henry, your heart and not God's days it was customary when one wanted to display the deep grief they felt about the situation, particularly about cleaving the guilt of sin they rent their garments, since this is got to be more than I'm telling you don't ring your garment during your high come before me with a heart that is truly broken because of your failure because of your sin and turn on the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness and repetitive of people and encouraging the Lord your God because he is graciously full of grace and his mercy endures forever is slow to anger and rage of great kindness and me being my need me in listening to this broadcast going through the section you trouble lose some of our listeners. The septic is joy of respiration and much joy included in the first part of this much money should I was hoping to find encouragement and its discouragement. What is prescribed. Just keep in mind, obviously at this point who stayed with us if you had some questions in mind. Just remember that the struggle simply talked about from the opinions of those that were inspired writing. Old Testament Scripture, something we need to face and the fact is we can't have the joy of restoration until we recognize there is a need that part of the first encouraging we should listen next week is bring the second part of this message and who find more of the joy until we reach at the same time next week. May the Lord richly bless you all well and now is me in a me the Baptist Bible hour is come to you under the direction of Elder Lucero Bradley Junior address all mailed to the Baptist Bible hour Cincinnati, OH 45217.
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