“…I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, 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 be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.”
God is a God of restoration.
The heart of what He does, from salvation to justification, is restoration. Before time began, we were in Christ and were foreknown by Him. When the first Adam came into being, God already had in mind a second Man, His own Son, who would come in glory and restore the damage and the magnitude of everything lost by the first man. The joy of His salvation far exceeds the horror of our fall!
God authored our destiny.
God works all things, even the free will decisions of humankind, into compliance with His own plan so that His words over creation and humankind will ring true. The decree in God’s Word for how things will be on earth and heaven is precisely the way things will fall into place by His mighty sovereignty and manifold wisdom.
Why does God care so much about restoring what has been lost?
Maybe it is because God is a God of love, and what He predestined for you He holds tenderly in His mighty hands, knowing in His perfect timing the exact day you will be ready for Him to release it. Maybe it is because God, in His indescribable majesty, decrees eternal plans that are so powerful that they may not be usurped by a destroyer. Maybe God will always amaze us with His passion and power for restoration.
God restores what was lost before the fall.
Before the fall, on the 6th day, we see God look over all that He had created – man, woman, plants, animals, birds and the earth. We see in Genesis 1 as He surveys all that He had created, like an artist might step back and review their masterpiece, God felt His creation was very good. Does God look back with longing at that moment and remember when, for a moment in time, everything was as He decreed it should be? Maybe, maybe not.
We know this: Restoration is God’s callback to a time when everything was as He declared it should be, and restoration is also His prophetic promise of what is to come.
God restores what we lost during imperfect childhoods.
When lambs are young, they are more appealing to predators. When Satanic arrows flew our way, puncturing our souls at our most vulnerable, tender time, God had a plan to turn everything around for our good. When scars and wounds from life warped our personalities, skewed our perceptions and left us believing harmful lies in their wake, God had a plan for the restoration of our soul to come into the fullness of our intended stature.
God restores what we lost when we fell into the pit of sin.
Flailing around desperately until finally, we gave up our own efforts and cried out to Jesus, and that’s when life really began. We put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and were filled with the Holy Spirit. He began our consecration, and He set us apart as His own servant to work His purposes in the earth. When we fell into the mud, God had a plan to pull us out and set us on a solid rock.
God restores what we lost when Satan operated through a “Judas”.
When those closest to us give way to selfishness and demonic influence, leaving relationships irreparably harmed, God has a plan to resurrect us. When we are betrayed with a kiss and dealt the blow of death, God resurrects our hearts.
God is a God of restoration and new beginnings.
His people shall never be put to shame. His Word proclaims that He rolls back the reproach of our widowhood. He declares that we shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and He provides bread for the eating. Everything God does from salvation to justification revolves around the restoration of His people, His creation, and His rule and reign in the earth.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…” Ephesians 3:20
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