I love watching those TV shows where someone buys a broken down, dilapidated house and restores it to functionality and beauty. It’s amazing to watch the transformation, and the amount of work and time it takes to bring the house back to life is incredible!
But did you know that God is in the business of restoration, too? It’s one of His favorite things to do. God restores us in so many ways:
He restores our souls. (Psalm 23:3a, ESV: “He restores my soul.”)
He restores our health. (Jeremiah 30:17a: “‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord.”)
He restores our hope. (Zechariah 9:12: “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.”)
He restores the joy of our salvation. (Psalm 51:12: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”)
He restores our fortunes. (Amos 9:14a, ESV: “I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel.”)
He restores what the enemy has stolen. (Isaiah 61:7: “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”)
This last one is my favorite. God loves to restore what the enemy has stolen, whether it’s a relationship, our health; or our peace, hope, or joy. And much like the people who restore houses, God restores things in our lives to better than they were before. That’s His goodness toward us.
God’s biggest and most important restoration project was when he restored the relationship between Himself and humanity. Colossians 1:22 explains it like this: “But now he [Father God] has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” We were once God’s enemies because our sin separated us from Him and His holiness (Colossians 1:21), but Christ’s sacrifice on the cross made a way for our relationship with God to be restored. Jesus’s blood purifies our sins so that God sees us as holy, too.
What do you need God to restore in your life? Hope? Finances? A relationship? Trust Him today that He is not only capable of restoring what was lost or stolen from you but also He is willing to restore it and make it better than it was before!