What the Bible Says About Restoration

A friend recently completed an extensive remodel on her house. As I followed her journey on Facebook, I oohed and ahhed over the pictures of her all-new bathroom. I imagined what it would be like to have that in my house!

I also saw pictures of their work-in-progress, which helped me realize how much time, effort and commitment went into crafting such a beautiful finished product. Not to mention talent for building and design.

What exactly is restoration?

Restoration is the act of returning something to its former condition. Making something new again. Restoring can also make things better. The Bible says a lot about this. Our Heavenly Father’s restoring power is one of the greatest promises from Scripture. 

As we look closely at what the Bible says about restoration, let’s open our hearts to receive this promise on a deeper level than ever before. My prayer is that as we study Scripture, we will see God restore what’s been lost in our own hearts, lives, and families.

Here are 4 foundational truths about restoration from God’s Word.

Restoration can happen in our physical bodies.

“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 30:17 ESV

I can go for a walk every day, make trips to the gym, and cook healthy meals at home. All of these are good things that bring honor to the One who created my body. All of these help me regain my strength I may have lost during illness or injury. But nothing can fully restore us like God can.

Claim this promise with me: God is able and willing to heal me and restore my health.

Restoration can happen in our spirits.

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 ESV

Life’s struggles can suck the joy right out of even the most positive person. Pile one struggle on top of another, and we can easily become trapped under the weight of despair. God’s promise for restoration doesn’t only apply to our physical strength, but our spirits as well. You can read more about restoring our peace here.

Claim this promise with me: God is able and willing to heal and restore my spirit.

Restoration can happen in our surroundings.

“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 ESV

When we feel like we’ve lost it all, God promises to return even more than what was stolen from us.

Claim this promise with me: God is able and willing to restore what was lost.

Restoration will always be visible on the outside.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

When I gaze at before and after pictures like my friend’s, I have a new appreciation for the change that takes place. I believe God sees that same change in our hearts when we invite His restoration power into our lives.

Claim this promise with me: Praise God for making me a new creation through restoration!

These next few weeks, we will be exploring this topic in our weekly devotions. I’ll even have some surprise guests share their insight as they tell us about God’s restoration in their own lives. Will you join us?

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God's Plan for Your Struggle

It began as a simple phone call.

The moment she answered, my friend sensed something was wrong. And without asking for details about my situation, she offered to pray for me. Somehow she understood. She prayed for God to bring comfort and thanked Him for providing whatever I needed to walk through the trial. What she prayed for next, I will never forget.

“Father, thank you that when Kristine comes through this, you will allow her to encourage someone else going through the same struggle.”

What? Encourage someone else? In the middle of my mess, the idea seemed impossible.

When we face life’s toughest battles, it’s easy to feel alone - like no one understands. That lie can keep us from experiencing the good work God has planned for us through the struggle. That’s why it is so important to not only thank Him for His goodness, but also share about all He has done.

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.” Psalm 107:2-3

When circumstances seem at their absolute worst, encouraging someone else is far from my mind. If I’m searching for strength to get through my day, how can I possibly offer help to another person?

It’s in those uncertain times that we find hope in God’s promise in Romans 8:28. He works all things together for good for those who love Him. All things, even the yucky stuff. And although I might not feel like it at that moment, there will be a day when God will open the door for me to share my victory and encourage a friend with His faithfulness.

“Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.” Psalm 107:22

I hesitated before calling my friend that day because I thought I had to face my challenge alone. Her response changed that. We praised. We thanked Him. She told me how God had provided for her, broken chains, healed sickness, and brought peace to her storms. What an encouragement!

Are you needing God’s provision today? Do you need to know there is a plan beyond the struggle? That simple phone call with my friend taught me a valuable truth.

Yesterday’s victory for someone else can bring hope to your struggle today. And one day, you will be able to offer the same encouragement to another.