I am learning more and more that God is a God of restoration. He restores what was broken. He restores what was damaged. He restores our hearts and our minds. I love the word restoration. It defines the act of returning something to a former owner, place or condition. With God, restoration also means improving something or someone and leaving them in a better condition. Joel in the Bible experienced some major restoration. It is described in Joel 2:25-26; “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.” The years that were taken from Joel were given back to him. Have you had a similar experience where years were taken from you? I think we all have. Moments, seasons and periods that were stolen by the enemy can be given back to us. God is an expert at restoring anything. Think about what He did with Jesus. He restored life through Him. He took life and gave it a new lease and improved conditions. Whoever believes in Jesus can have eternal life and an abundant life. God restored the fortunes of Job. God gave double portions to Isaiah. God restores peace to those who ask Him. God restores lives to those who trust in His Son. There are many examples of God’s restorations. He builds people up. He mends their lives. He makes their hearts stronger. He touches the soul and He strengthens the mind. Today I want to encourage you to ask God for restoration. What the enemy has taken from you is not gone forever. God will replace it with better. God will give you a double portion. God will restore your life. Your current circumstances are not the end of the story. Restoration is on the way!
David declared “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” in Psalm 51:22. David had committed adultery and he was asking for forgiveness. He felt no joy and he was ashamed. He had lost the light of joy and was living in a dark place. Joy is something that many people have lost this year. It has been taken away and for some people it doesn’t exist anymore. It is a tactic of the enemy to make us believe that our good days are behind us and nothing good is coming our way. Joy is a strength and with it being gone, many people are left powerless and starving for more. The joy of the Lord’s salvation is a permanent structure in the house of the Lord. His joy is a wallpaper that can’t be removed. Our minds and our reactions to life tend to peel that wallpaper. It is still there but our perception of it gets skewed. God can paint the walls of your temple with the colors of joy and make it look beautiful and fresh again. You and I are the temples of the Holy Spirit and we ought to maintain His temple. Eating healthy and exercising are important but our temple is also a spiritual place and it needs fresh coats of spiritual paint or refills of spiritual power if you will. Love, peace, joy, patience ought be refilled. When they are broken or they are highly damaged, we need to call on the Lord for restoration. God is able and willing to put the restoration in motion. How does God restore? What is our part in the restoration?
God can do anything and a restoration is just one of the many things He does. There is a process and every situation is different but there is also one constant; Jesus the Son of God is our gateway to restoration. He is the way and the life. If you are looking for restoration today, look to Jesus. Don’t go trying things that will only give you temporary restoration and satisfaction. Jesus is the real deal. Jesus is the solution and the restoration. Once I devoted myself to Him, His restoration took effect in my life. To get the process going, we should let God be in charge of the restoration process and we need to trust that He has a master plan. Jesus being the gateway to the Father is a crucial truth to remember. Honor Him. Thank Him for salvation. Include Him in your prayers. Ask God to restore your life in the name of Jesus. I am not talking about salvation here. I am talking about getting back what you have lost. Sometimes it’s hard to even identify what we have lost but a prayer for restoration will help. God will take care of every aspect of the restoration. Ask Him. Trust Him. Expect Him to replace what is gone. He is going to do an amazing job and your life will be restored. Before you know it, you will be singing and thanking God for the joy that is back, the peace that is vibrant in you and the love that you will feel again. Anything the devil stole, God can restore. Call on Him. Restoration is on its way in the name of Jesus!
Suggested reading: Job 42;10; 1 Peter 5:10; 1 John 5:4