It is no secret that life can be tough at times. Unfortunate circumstances such as sickness, poverty, marriage issues, and job loss can leave us dispirited and disillusioned. However, as Christians, we are assured that God is a God of restoration. Joel 2:25 says, "I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you."
What a powerful promise! God is a God of restoration, and He desires to restore everything that has been stolen from us. The Bible is packed with examples of people who experienced restoration, and we will take a look at a few of them.
God has the power to heal us of all sicknesses. In Luke 17, Jesus healed ten lepers who had cried out to Him for mercy. Only one of the lepers came back to thank Him. Jesus told him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." (Luke 17:19). God wants to restore us to a state of perfect health, allowing us to live life abundantly.
Marriage is a beautiful institution, but it can be frustrating when things are not going well. In Genesis 2, we see that God brought Eve to Adam, and the two became one flesh. Marriage is God's idea, and He wants us to experience marriage at its fullest. If you are struggling in your marriage, trust God to restore the love, peace, and intimacy that you once had.
God is not stingy; He wants us to prosper in all things, including finances. In Deuteronomy 28, we see that God promised to bless the Israelites if they obeyed His commands. He promised that they would be the head and not the tail, that they would lend to many nations but not borrow. He also promised that their storehouses would be full, and their blessings would overflow. If you're experiencing financial difficulties, trust God to restore abundance to your life.
In Matthew 8, we see that Jesus healed a paralyzed man. The Pharisees were skeptical, but Jesus told the man, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven." (Matthew 8:2). He then asked the Pharisees which was easier: to say your sins are forgiven or to say, "Rise and walk." Then he said to the man, "Rise, pick up your bed and go home." God wants to restore every aspect of our lives, including physical injuries.
Going through unemployment can be tough, but it is important to trust God during this time. In Job 1, we see that Job lost everything- his children, his wealth, and his health. However, towards the end of the book, we see that God restored all that Job had lost. He gave him twice as much as he had before. God wants to restore all that you've lost, including your job.
When God truly restores us, it will be as if we've never been through a thing. We must not deny the facts of our situation, but trust that God can turn the situation around. Our trials are not permanent, and God is a God of restoration. If you're going through something in your life, hold on to God's promise of restoration. Trust Him to restore what has been stolen from you.