I mentioned the other day that King David was confident that God restores our soul (Psalm 23). It’s interesting to look at how God has restored people through the years.
A common theme in restoration is that God restores you to a place that is better than you were before your exile, often with a double blessing.
- Naaman’s leprous hand “was restored like the flesh of a little child…” (1 Kings 5:1-14).
- God restored Job’s fortunes “two-fold” (Job 42:10).
- God restored Nebuchadnezzar with “surpassing greatness” (Daniel 4:36,37).
- God spoke through Zechariah that he would restore double to them (Zechariah 9:11,12)
Is it too much to hope that God might restore double to you as well?
Restoring double implies that the exile is at last over, you are fully accepted, and the gate of blessings is now wide open to you.
Exile stripped you but God wants to make your life good again. More than that, he wants to celebrate you…YOU…in all of your weakness and failure.
Isaiah’s famous words say it best so I will quote them for you:
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted , To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners (exiles);
2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God ; To comfort all who mourn,
3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
4 Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.
5 Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.
6 But you will be called the priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, And in their riches you will boast.
7Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs. Isaiah 61
I’ve been trying to show you a way out of exile. Above all, you need to have hope. You need to believe that God desires your best.
Like the Prodigal, he welcomes you back from exile. But more than that, he puts a robe around your shoulders, a ring on your finger, and sandals on your feet. Why? To restore you. Exile stripped you but God wants to make your life good again. More than that, he wants to celebrate you…YOU…in all of your weakness and failure.
But as with the Prodigal, you have to be willing to receive the blessing. He could have refused, saying that he wasn’t worthy. But he stepped into the blessing.
Do you have hope of being restored? Is God trying to bless you now but you are unwilling to receive it? Leave your comment below.