“For behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will RESTORE…” – Jeremiah 30:3 ESV
God’s people heard this powerful promise of restoration during a time of oppression while being held captive in Babylon. It was a very difficult moment for them and, from a natural standpoint, it looked like there was no hope that things could ever be any different. It was in that hard time that God announced to them that restoration was coming. He wanted them to see beyond their present moment to the restoration plan that He had for them. He wanted them to realize that things weren’t over yet. There were still more chapters to be written in their story… chapters of healing, victory and restoration! Like them, you may have gone through some hard times recently and what you’re facing today might seem impossible to overcome, but know this, the same God Who had a restoration plan for the nation of Israel has a restoration plan for you. Your story isn’t over yet! God is for you and He wants to write a new restoration chapter in the story of your life!
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5 KJV
One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is found in Genesis, chapters 42 through 45, in the life of Jacob. Toward the end of Jacob’s life, it looked like everything had turned against him and that God’s promises weren’t going to come to pass. He had suffered tragic loss in his family and got to the point where he was facing poverty and starvation. Meanwhile, even though there were many things against him, the Bible reveals that, more importantly, there was someone who was for him! God had been working behind the scenes and had prepared an amazing restoration plan for Jacob. What looked as if it had been lost forever was restored unto him and his last days ended up being the most blessed days of his life.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31 KJV
Could it be that way for you? Remember, you are a child of God and all of His promises belong to you now because of your faith in Jesus. Make up your mind that, by His grace, you’re going to come out of where you are into greater days. Like Jacob, life may be against you, but the Restorer is for you. Put your confidence in Him and expect to see His restoration power in your life. Get ready for things to change in your favor because we believe that your Restoration is coming!
Jordan D. Gash