Locusts are nasty little things, eating everything you’ve worked so hard to plant and cultivate. However, there is a scripture in Joel 2:25 which uses these creatures as a good allegory. It says “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…” – for most of us our main concern is not to worry about physical locusts eating our livelihood but figurative locusts which make us waste our precious moments in life.
One example of a locust that can rob us of potential produce, or rewards, is a sense of apathy. Shirking responsibilities offered by the Lord indicate we do not have faith in Him or the fact that the leaders of His Church receive revelation to guide His flock. If we pass up the opportunity to serve God and our fellow man then we show to our Heavenly Father that we have lost our trust in Him to a degree. As such, we lose out on possible future blessings the Lord would have given to us. Blessings and years are eaten away…
Also, technology can ‘eat away’ a lot of our time. If used for good purposes and in moderation, ways of communication, social media and recreation can be useful and provide a rest. However, when one puts these distractions before developing personal spiritual strength, building family relationships or fulfilling duties then it we can lose vital time. “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea…this life is the day for men to perform their labours.” (Alma 34:32).
Of course, one major swarm we have to be aware of is sin. Sin leads us lose the Spirit and the blessings and progression we can have in our life can be eaten away. Satan won’t have the life we do, ever, and so it’s his desire to make men miserable like himself. As Amulek continues in Alma 34:35 “…if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his…and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.” If we want to achieve all our Heavenly Father wants us to achieve, we need to try to avoid allowing these locusts of life eat away from our time.