A friend of mine had a fire a few years ago. Looking at the damage, he would have called it a total loss. But a restoration company came in, took away the furniture and books and clothing and other stuff that had been damaged by smoke and by the water that put out the fire. After a few weeks, the restoration company brought all those things back....clean and usable and almost good as new. 

When I think of restoration, that's what I think of.....making things almost good as new.

But look at the picture Isaiah paints of our God, a God of Restoration:

Tell fearful souls,
"Courage! Take heart!
God is here, right here,
on his way to put things right
And redress all wrongs.
He's on his way! He'll save you!"

Blind eyes will be opened,
deaf ears unstopped,
Lame men and women will leap like deer,
the voiceless break into song.
Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness,
streams flow in the desert.
Hot sands will become a cool oasis,
thirsty ground a splashing fountain.
Even lowly jackals will have water to drink
and barren grasslands flourish richly. (Isaiah 35:4-9)

We have a God who does so much more than "good as new." Our God puts things right, restoring them not just to how they were before they went wrong, but to their ideal state. This is a God of healing and wholeness, and at his touch lame men and women leap like deer, streams flow in the desert, barren grasslands flourish richly.

  • Do you find yourself feeling like a "fearful soul" today? Why? What troubles you?
  • Does seeing God as a God of Restoration give courage to your fearful soul? Which of these images of God's restoration speaks most deeply to your heart?


God of Restoration, thank you for being here, right here, on your way to put things right. Help me to trust in your power to restore all the broken places in me. Give me courage and hope in the knowledge that your restoration is so much more complete than the weak "good as new" restoration that might be "good enough" for me. Amen.

Kim Turnage

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Lois wrote:
Thank God, for His perfect Grace that brings us restoration we can't even imagine. I love the verse "Lame men and women will leap like deer" I pray we will have the heart to see His love daily and how it's changing lives that our fearful to lives filled with hope.

Thanks Kim!

Tue, May 26, 2009 @ 10:04 AM

2. Julie Weldon wrote:
I love taking things that others have discarded. I see the potential in them. That is kind of what God does for us too! Thanks for your words of wisdom. God Bless, Julie

Tue, May 26, 2009 @ 3:59 PM

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