I Will Restore
If you have lived long enough, you have experienced some type of pain or loss. Though everyone’s journey may be different, nothing you face is new under the sun. So when you are in the midst of the transition of losing things or people, how do you get through? My suggestion is that you hold on to God’s promises and one in particular, “I will restore.”
Throughout the Bible, we read about different stories where people had to endure the pain of loss. Even though God is a good God, He also allows us to experience devastating loss, rejection, and pain. Still, in spite of what He allows to happen in our lives, He has a plan to restore what we have lost.
Let’s take a look at how God keeps His promises to restore.
At a young age, God gave Joseph a dream foreshadowing what was to come of his life. However, in that dream, God did not reveal that Joseph would experience the betrayal of his brothers, the loss of his freedom and being forgotten by people.
In spite of these trials, God still had a plan to restore him. Joseph’s dream ended up coming to pass. His name and relationship with his family were restored. Not only that, but God exceeded his expectations and made him second in command over an entire nation.
God will restore your dreams too.
Did life throw you a curveball and get you off track? Maybe an unplanned pregnancy killed your dream to get a degree. Or did the bankruptcy cause you to forget your dream of owning your own business? Know that God is a restorer of dreams. It is Him who gives us the desires of our heart. So if He guided you to it, He will also lead you through it.
David was known as a man after God’s own heart. He defeated a giant and fought for the Lord’s honor. Among his many talents, David was also a great musician. At an early age, he was appointed to be king. Even having such a major title bestowed upon him, David did not know what all he would have to endure.
There was no way David would have known that he would be hunted by the current king who attempted to kill him on several occasions. How could he have foreseen that he would have what seemed like some type of sexual addiction? Somehow I doubt that David knew that he would become a murderer and end of losing his infant son.
Yet through all of his imperfections and painful experiences, God restored him.
Although David brought on a lot of his own problems, God restored back his character. After being held accountable for his evil actions, David repented and turned from his ways. God also blessed him with another son who ended up becoming the wisest man (outside of Jesus) to walk the earth.
Here is a righteous and upright man who followed the commands of the Lord. Job lived with integrity and was blameless in the eyes of God. He had a large family, wealth, and social status. However, even though God found no fault in him, He still allowed Satan to wreak havoc on his life.
Job lost all of his children, his home, and all that brought him wealth. His wife ended up turning on him and all his friends judged him.
In Job’s case, God wanted to prove a point. He showed Satan that regardless of what was thrown at Job, he would continue to serve Him. Because of Job’s faithfulness, God restored everything he lost back to him. He even went above and beyond and gave him back more than what the enemy took from him.
God has His reasons for every journey, but the end result is to draw us closer to Him. If we never went through hard times, we would never have any need to depend on the Lord.
So what it is that you have lost due to your own mistakes or solely because of someone else’s negligence?
Maybe you lost a loved one unexpectedly. God says I will restore your joy in exchange for your mourning. If the enemy invaded got a hold of your spouse and trust was lost, God can mend your broken heart and is able to restore your marriage better than before.
Your family can be restored, your finances can be repaired, your peace can return back to you. Friendships can be mended and you can receive another chance to get it right.. There is nothing too hard for God to fix. What is impossible with man is a walk in the park for God.
Lean on Him, not your own understanding. Our plans may fail but His plan never does. If God says I will restore all that was taken from you, trust and believe Him. His Word will never return back to Him empty.
Is there anyone in the Bible whose story of restoration you can relate to? I would love to hear your story in the comments below.
Also, if you haven’t already, check out the video I made about God’s plans to restore you.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“So 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.” – Joel 2:25-26 NKJV