Restore - to give back, return, to put or bring back into existence or use; to bring back to or put back into a former or original state, renew, to make like new. Restore - implies a return to an original state after depletion or loss.
Refresh implies the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, animation, or power.
Renovate suggests a renewing by cleansing, repairing, or rebuilding.
Rejuvenate suggests the restoration of youthful vigor, powers, or appearance.
We have a neighbor a few doors down who has been in the process of restoring an old pickup truck for several years now. Sometimes when I walk by, the garage door is open and I can see it sitting there, looking like a piece of junk to the naked eye, but I know in my neighbor's eyes he is seeing a completely restored and finished truck, shiny and running like it was originally designed to run.
Yesterday I walked by and I saw not just one, but two "junkers" sitting in his driveway and I asked him if he is restoring both, and he told me that he was using the parts of one for the other. Even though both look like junk just sitting there, one of them has parts that still work and are of value. Hmmmmmmm.
God is in the restoration business too. He is all about restoring someone to their original purpose and finish. But when God restores He restores for greater purpose than simply turning on a key and revving our engine. He restores to take us back to His original intention.
When King David wrote the beautiful words of Psalm 23 he was using the Hebrew word Sub, which means to turn back, turn around, return. Essentially it denotes movement back to the point of departure.
Basically, God is giving a do-over to David and those of us thousands of years later.
Do you need a few or a hundred do-overs?
God is in the Do-overs industry if you are.
We can go theologically deep on this, or, we can just start at the point where you last left believing God was in the restoration business.
At one time you may have believed God was Able, Brave, Compassionate, and all words of the A to Z challenge thus far, but you walked away, for some reason, from believing those words were true about Him. He let you down. He didn't do what you thought He was going to do when you needed Him to do it the most.
You once believed in the Power that is God.
Now, not so much.
But you haven't found the replacements much help either. The drugs haven't helped. The countless hours of self-help book reading has still left you with a hole in your heart. The over achieving in your work or school or your church doesn't bring you the satisfaction you once believed it would when you left believing God and started believing in yourself.
You're not a junker... yet.
You're not sitting out in someone's driveway or salvage yard, letting your pieces be taken off one random piece at a time. But you feel like it's coming. The peace and security you thought you would get when your broken heart walked away from the God who you believed could do all, hasn't been found yet.
You're still waiting.
But it's not coming.
At least it's not coming from anything else but the One who has come to Restore. You won't ever find your peace or true security in anything or anyone except the One who is in the peace and security business.
Give God another chance. He is also in the Restoration business.
Go back to where you stopped believing and tell that old you to keep believing. Give the old you permission to believe again in the One who is a Deliverer, is Equal, is Faithful, is Good. Believe that He can take your Harried life, because He is Impartial and Kind and a Living Light and longs to show Mercy just because of His Name. He has Overseen your whole life, not just the part when you believed but the part when you walked away too.
He is the only one who can Restore your soul to its original purpose.
What have you got to lose?
R is for Restorer.
Psalm 23:3; 51:2; 60:1; 71:20; 80:3, 7, 19; 126:4-6; Jeremiah 15:19; Lamentations 5:21; Isaiah 58:11.
1 Peter 5:10 - Greek word is Katartizo - to adjust, fit, finish. To set up, equip, arrange, prepare, mend. The two dominant themes of this word are to prepare, and to repair.
This word is also used in 1 Corinthians 1:10 for perfectly united. I think the visible Church could use some restoring power too. Don't you, Church?
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