The Restoration Blessing
By Alan Wright — January 04, 2019
Are you ready for some good news? God loves to restore that which is broken, lost, or stolen.
Today’s Text: ““Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt on its mound, and the palace shall stand where it used to be.” (Jeremiah 30:18, ESV)
It’s best to start the new year not by ramping up your resolutions but by meditating on God’s resolutions. We’ll never be empowered by our oaths to God; but we’re immeasurably strengthened by God’s oaths to us in Jesus Christ.
One of God’s dearest promises to us in Christ is His pledge to restore us. He is a God of restoration.
When our son Bennett was 14, we gave him a cool remote controlled helicopter for Christmas. We took it to the beach the week after Christmas, and I begged him for a turn.
“Dad, don’t get it too high and lose control of it,” he pleaded.
“Sure, sure, son. You can trust me.”
It was like a drug. The helicopter flew higher and higher – I couldn’t stop myself. The helicopter went beyond the remote control’s range, got caught in the wind, smashed into the upper level of a house, and fell to the ground, broken.
After apologizing profusely to my son, what did I say? “I’ll get you another one.”
That’s a father’s heart. A father who loves wants to restore good things to his son.
It’s God’s heart toward you. I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt on its ruins and the palace shall stand in its proper place. When the people were exiled, the Lord’s heart beat with fatherly compassion for them. God would not forsake them. He would restore them.
God loves to restore. What is broken in your life? What has been stolen from you? What have you lost? Take heart, God is committed to restoring and rebuilding your life. And that’s the Gospel!