THEME: RESTORATION IN CHRIST
“The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “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.”
-Our God is Lord of restoration, and promised to restore the Israelites after the Babylonian captivity. In Zechariah 9:12 we see God’s promise to His children saying, “Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.” After Job went through testing and experienced suffering and perseverance, the Lord also restored to him double all that he had before (Job 42:10). Some among us have lost time, financial resources and opportunities through disease, delay, lack and unscrupulous individuals or groups who steal from us, which can be viewed as the work of the enemy. Our God of hope is causing a restoration of time, health, financial resources, opportunities, spiritual maturity and other forms of prosperity unto us that there shall be an overflow and deliverance from shame, for the glory and honor of His name.
The theme of restoration is broad, applicable in each one of our lives and symbolic in this month of rest. If we break down the word restore, the prefix re means “again,” and store which means to put back into align- ment with its original purpose. The word restore has a concoction of Hebrew words and meanings. The first word is arukah which means to restore one’s health. The woman who had an issue of blood had suffered physical, psychological and financial loss, consulting various physicians in vain. Jesus restored her health when she touched the hem of His garment (Luke 8:43-44). Jesus is calling us today to have faith in Him and He will heal all our wounds. The other Hebrew word is shub which means to turn back or return. It also means to bring back a soul, a person, an environment, or a community to its originally intended plan of peace and wholeness with the Creator God. Jesus also restored the life and well being of the prodigal son who went astray with wasteful living, and He healed his soul (Luke 15:17-19). Spiritual restoration is also key in each one of our lives and we are reminded to repent and turn away from every waywardness and trespass, and our Lord of grace will heal our hearts and souls. Shebuth in Hebrew means to restore from captivity. God restored the Israelites from the Babylonian and Pharaonic captivity. He delivered the Israelites from their oppressors and redeemed their lives. Job was also restored when he went through a difficult time of testing and the Lord restored to him double what he had lost. Haphak is the other Hebrew word which means to turn a situation around. When there was drought and inflation in the economy of Samaria, the Lord caused a turn around in the nation (2 Kings 7:1). The prices of commodities were high to a point where people became cabals. Our Lord is the God of restoration and He will restore our lives, relationships, families, marriages, health, businesses, jobs, society, economy, prosperity of the nations and every other situation that we are faced with, for He loves us and cares for us.
Lord You are good and Your mercies endures Forever. You are a faithful Father and our able God. Nothing is difficult for You dear Jesus. Nothing is impossible with You Abba Father. All things are possible with You Holy Spirit. May You cause a restoration in our situations and our lives. May You do a new thing and cause a turn around in our lives, families, relationships, marriages, churches, economy, nation and all the nations of the world. May You be glorified in all situations and may Your healing, restoration and deliverance power be known by all men. May You grant us wisdom and show us Your grace. May You increase our faith in You and enable us to pray, read the word, worship and apply Your word in all situations. May You break all the bars of iron and expand all our territories. May You empower us in our purposes and ministries, and cause an increase and fruitfulness in our lives for the glory and honor of Your name. May You cause peace and prosperity in our nation even as we approach the general elections. We trust in You and declare that You are able and worthy Lord. All glory and praise belongs to You dear Jesus. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You shine Your face upon us and be gracious to us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us Peace. Amen
Further reading: Galatians 6:1-5, Psalms 126:5-6
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