The restoring power of God

A Bible Promise that has meant a lot to me over the years comes from the book of Joel: "I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten ..." (2:25). Although this verse refers to the restoration of the Jewish people after a plague of locusts had devastated them, I have seen the proof that God does, in fact, restore all that we may have thought we've lost. In my case, years ago I thought I'd lost any chance of an education, of a great career, or basically just a stable life. All because of alcohol.

But God's plan for me was good. And by really opening my inner vision to see the infinite blessings God has for all His children, those opportunities I thought were gone forever were restored to me—and so much more.

Whether it's health that suddenly becomes jeopardized, as Rebecca Odegaard faced on a Tanzanian plain, or the loss of family, self-respect, and peace of mind such as Steve Scheiern found himself struggling to regain, God is always available, pouring His love into the hearts of people everywhere—bringing healing, reassurance, and well-being.

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August 18, 2003

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