One thing I’ve learned about our God is that he’s a God of restoration. He restores relationships, health, wealth, possessions and many more things. God’s word tells us that we are made in his image and since we are made in his image then restoration should be easy for us right? Well that’s something we actually struggle with sometimes. We struggle allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to others because of a hurt or pain we may have experienced. So we hold on to that allowing Satan to destroy our relationships. When that happens God becomes sadden by that but when me muster up the courage to restore relationships God loves that.
See to him there is nothing someone could do to us that would cause us to have the right to refuse to restore a relationship. How do we know that to be true? Well as we look into scripture there’s multiple stories that paint this picture for us.
Even after Adam turned his back on God he still had a relationship with him. God could have easily cut him off completely but that’s not who he is. Jacob after stealing something valuable from his brother Esau who wanted to kill him after time restored their relationship. Twenty one years after Joseph brothers sold him into slavery he forgave them and restored their relationship.
Moses relationship was restored after jealousy from his brother Aaron and sister Miriam. Job a man who love God lost everything he had only for God to restore him with more than what he lost. Hosea’s wife cheated on him and after he found out he wanted nothing to do with her (one would think rightfully so) but God told him to restore that relationship by taking her back and having children with her.
Some have heard the story of the prodigal son who ran off with what his father had given him wasting it only to come home when he had nowhere to go. His father decided to welcome him back with open arms even hosting a big party.
Peter who truly loves Jesus denies being associated with Jesus out of fear denying him three times but Jesus still restored him. There’s one last story I would like to talk about a little deeper. It’s the story of King David and how he was restored after his sin. Here’s the back story behind King David and his sin.
King David committed a sin by sleeping with his soldiers Uriah’s wife Bathsheba while he was off at war. After King David slept with her the bible says she purified herself from her uncleanness and went back home. Now let’s think about real quick how she might have felt. She probably felt used and dirty but that was no concern to King David. He got what we wanted and he thought it was over. Well she gets pregnant and inform King David and instead of owning up to his sin he tries to hide it.
King David sends for Uriah from the war trying to get him to go home so he could sleep with his wife. Uriah out of loyalty refuse to go home. King David tries again by getting him drunk thinking now he would go home and sleep with her. Uriah once again refused so King David requested for him to be put on the front lines to be killed. King David’s plan works and Uriah is killed. This whole time King David was only concerned about himself and doesn’t even think about how his actions have caused others pain. Bathsheba mourns when she finds out about her husband’s death then David feeling sorry decides to take her as his wife. King David didn’t get away with what he did and Uriah was vindicated when God told King David he would be punished for his actions.
2 Samuel 12:11-14 New International Version (NIV)
11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
The result of King David’s sin caused his son to die but look at verse 13 again. God restored him and how did he do that?
2 Samuel 12:24-25 New International Version (NIV)
24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him; 25 and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah.
God not only took away his sin but he also gave him another son who ended up being the wisest man to ever live. Tell me our God isn’t a God of restoration. If there is a relationship or something you have refused to restore in your life that you know you should. I encourage you to surrender all the hurt and pain to Jesus and begin the restoration process today. Don’t put it off another day!!!
Job 33:26 New International Version (NIV)
26 then that person can pray to God and find favor with him,
they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.
Jeremiah 15:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman.
Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.
2 Corinthians 13:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
1 Peter 5:10 New International Version (NIV)
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
I can’t miss this opportunity so if your reading this now and you don’t have a relationship with the Lord please don’t exit before doing so because Jesus wants to do something that you can’t do yourself and that is save you. If your willing to allow Jesus to become your personal savior say this prayer. Pray Lord I confess with my mouth that you are Lord and believe in my heart that you rose from the dead for my sins. I ask for forgiveness of my sins and ask that you come into my heart teaching me and guiding me in the way that I should live in Jesus name I pray Amen!!! If you said this prayer and you meant it from your heart you are now saved by the blood of Jesus!!
I encourage you to listen to the song below because it will bless you!!