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.


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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Blessings,

Kristine

What to Do When I Pray But Still Feel Down

“And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6b ESV


I’d been praying about my situation for weeks. Friends were praying for me. Our pastors were praying too. But this particular Sunday when I walked into church, the pastor must’ve sensed my discouragement or seen it in the look on my face.


During the worship service, he walked up to me and said, “God’s got this. You know that, right?”


I nodded in agreement. I knew God had it all under control, but the pastor’s question kept coming back to me again and again. Did I really trust God with my situation? And if so, why was I still feeling down?


When we offer our most desperate prayer to God, we trust Him to work on our behalf with His love, mercy, and peace. We know we can rely on Him in our daily decisions and toughest challenges.

But honestly, when I’m facing those challenges it’s hard to stay positive, even when I’ve given it to God in prayer.


David knew this. In the verse above, David felt alone because of his circumstances. He had no one to turn to for prayer support. In fact, all his men were so distressed, they talked about taking it out on David.


When he had nowhere else to turn, he knew where to find encouragement.


“Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, ‘Bring me the ephod.’” (1 Sam. 30:7 NIV)


Through the ephod, David was able to seek the Lord and His will in their situation. Even though surrounded by men weeping in despair, David turned to God and discovered His promise for certain victory over the enemy.


Sometimes in life we will be surrounded by the faithful prayers of family and friends. Our hearts will be uplifted as we know others are standing with us and holding us up in our trial.


Then there will be other times when we feel alone and unsure where to turn. We’ve prayed, but we still feel discouraged. In those moments, we cannot give in to despair. Instead, we must encourage ourselves through what we know to be true.


“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19


I will encourage myself today in what I know to be True. God’s got this. #Truth (Tweet this.)



So let’s take our example from David today. We will have moments when we feel down, but that doesn’t have to stop us from making the choice to seek the One who never fails us. God promises to provide for our needs, and we can trust Him.

God’s got this.


Blessings,

Kristine