GOD OF RESTORATION 3
‘…That you through His poverty might become rich’ 2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV
The Bible has a running theme of ruin and restoration. Adam and Eve mess up – and the rest of the story is God restoring what was lost in Eden. The world grows into a cesspit of sin and flood waters destroy it; God restores the earth through Noah. Abraham is destined to be forgotten into pre-recorded-history; God gives him a child and restores him as the father of nations. Joseph is trafficked into slavery; God restores him to a place of governmental power. The Israelites are strangers in a strange land; God restores them in a Promised Land. The Philistines tower over the Israelites; God restores the balance of power through David.
The Old Testament is jam packed with God’s restoring hand. And then Jesus arrives. God’s own son is abandoned to a cross. Three days later a restoring power like none seen in history before or since is unleashed. Resurrection runs as a theme through the New Testament. The power of life over death and it’s still unravelling today. Whatever mess we find ourselves in, God’s hand of restoration is reaching in. When situations look dead and buried, God’s resurrection power speaks life.
Chop the flat end off a carrot or parsnip. Put it in a saucer of water. Keep it watered and see what happens in a few days. See how God takes the scraps and restores them to flourishing beauty. Though, that restoration doesn’t always look like previous success.