Have you lost anything lately? There are many areas where we experience loss. These last few months this virus has cost so many so much. There has been the loss of lives and loss of jobs as well as finances. We have lost connection and closeness with friends and family. For others the loss of dreams, and life as we have known it, has created anxiety and concerns that deeply affect us.. Sometimes we experience loss and don’t even realize it. It may be loss of hope. a loss of joy, a loss of confidence, a loss of will, a loss of peace. As this time of sheltering in has continued longer than we expected these things may subtly been eroding from our lives. However, whatever the loss. God has a promise of restoration for us.
Throughout the word of God we see story after story of restoration.
The disciples saw the cross as a great loss but in reality it was through the loss on the cross that we were restored to God. Through that seeming loss we had authority on earth restored to us through Christ. That which had been stolen by the enemy was given back through redemption. God restored to Abraham and Sarah the hope of childbearing with the promise of seed that would be more numerous than the grains of sand in the desert. In the natural they were beyond child barring age, their time of natural restoration was passed, they had moved into a time of supernatural restoration. God restored to the Israelites vast possessions when they left Egypt. This made no sense in the natural. Again, God supplied supernaturally, turning the Egyptians into eager givers! God gave His people the promised land over and over again right out of their enemies hand. He restored dignity to Rahab, strength to Samson, courage of Gideon, sanity to Nebakanezer and truth to Paul. He healed the lame, gave sight to the blind and life to Lazarus. Nothing is beyond God’s ability to restore. Absolutely nothing. Our God is greater than our natural circumstances. He is in the business of restoring that which has been lost for His children.
Now is the time to place new memorial stones of restoration into our story of God in our lives.
My stones continue to accumulate..
We lost a thriving business right before loosing our home to a fire, with no insurance to cover us. God restored every item including a home and a new business. I lost hope for our marriage 35 years ago and watched God restore it supernaturally, we have now celebrated 41 years together. I lost all income in my recruiting business only to have it restored as I lifted up the word in faith and watched business come in supernatural abundance. My son was paralyzed and now walks in strength. These examples in my life defy natural restoration, they point to supernatural restoration alone. That is what God promises and delivers. It is the enemy who steals, it is God who restores.
I have shared so many times two verses that are so important to us. The first is that all God’s promises are yes and amen. (2 Corinthians 1:20) The second is that His word never comes back void. ( Isaiah 55:11 )
So if you need restoration lets take a look at what God promises in the word that you can apply Isaiah 55 to your own area of loss. Find the promise and pray it back to the Father.
If you have lost health
For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord,…
For Lost income or finances:
Psalm 34:10 and Mathtew 6:33 (NKJV), “The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing,” and “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
If you have lost you joy;
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
If you feel a bit “dried up” and lost your vitality through this wait
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
For lost peace and joy:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
For loss of strength:
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Don’t forget the promise of Healing and redemption and renewal and restoration!
Of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgivesall your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit,who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
These are just some of the promises for restoration that God gives us, it is up to us to appropriate them. . Look at your loss and find the promise that will restore it. Meditate on the new truth that contradicts your circumstances. Declare it and watch your faith grow. Pray to receive what your Father has promised you. Take courage and go out against the enemy with the sword of the spirit, the Word of God on your lips.
I want to share a final verse taken from the Message
God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.
Nothing can separate us from His love or His provision as we look to Him.