Restoring old houses or vintage items is very popular these days, as even whole television shows are dedicated to transforming something old and making it look shiny and new. This same idea about restoration is also on God’s heart! Sin corrupts and weakens us, and it even causes us to suffer loss and pain in many ways. So God wants to bring people back to Himself, because He knows that the peace and joy that we all want for our lives can only be found in Him.
The Lord is about restoring people—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Whether we are sick or struggling emotionally or separated from God because of sin, He wants to bring us back into right relationship with Himself, so that our lives can be filled once again with purpose and contentment. God does not want us to fail, as He is our most supportive advocate, cheerleader, and provider. A popular contemporary Christian song by Brian Johnson, “One Thing Remains,” says it well with the lyrics, “His love never fails, and He never gives up on us.”
The people of Judah had become prosperous and complacent. Taking God for granted, they had turned to self-centeredness, idolatry, and sin. Joel warned them that this kind of lifestyle would inevitably bring God’s judgment. Woven into this message of judgment and the need for repentance is an affirmation of God’s kindness, and the blessings He promised for all who follow Him. “‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’ Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing–grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.” (Joel 2:12-14) Because we don’t know when our lives will end, we should trust and obey God now, while we can.
God wants us to understand, take to heart, and KNOW that He is the one who restores our lives no matter what we face. God’s love for us is so strong that He not only leads us to places and times of quiet and rest, but He also then renews our soul, for His purposes. “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Ps. 23:3)
Whether it is refinishing an old piece of furniture or fixing up a vintage car, it is exciting to see the changes and transformation that can take place in certain objects. Likewise all have suffered losses in our lives, and, hopefully, we have all felt the joy of having something restored. This is what God is all about—He wants us all to have our health, emotions, lives and souls renewed to perfect harmony with Him. So when we leave the sheepfold and the other 99 sheep, He leaves them to go after us. God loves us so much, that He does not want anyone to perish (John 3:16). His desire is that we should all be restored back into a close relationship with Him and one day enjoy eternal life in heaven.
Lord, thank you for never giving up on me. Your love never fails. You restore my soul. You are steadfast and your love endures forever. I am so thankful for your love, your faithfulness, and your restoration.
- Life Application Study Bible
- Top 7 Bible Verses About Restoration
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