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.
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.
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.
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.
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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