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God of Restoration – Part 2
and David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” He answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” 1 Samuel 30:8
One day the Amalekites swept down on King David’s home town, burning it to the ground and taking its families captive. In this scene of devastation, David and his men ‘…lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep’ (1 Samuel 30:4). God will let you grieve your losses because that’s healthy, but He won’t allow you to stay there too long. So God said to David, ‘Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all’ (v. 8). Did David and his men get back everything they had lost? Yes, and much more besides, for our God is not only a God of restoration but a God of abundance.
You say, ‘I feel so ashamed of the years I have wasted.’ The God Who created time can give you more of it. ‘I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten… the consuming locust…You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the Name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame’ (Joel 2:25-26). Notice the word, ‘plenty’. When God blesses you, it will not come from an eyedropper or from a rationed supply. No, you’ll be able to sing, ‘His love hath no limit; His grace hath no measure, His power no boundary known unto men. For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.’ Ever since Adam and Eve ‘blew it’ in Eden, God’s desire and plan has been to restore to us all that we have lost. So surrender to Him today and let the restoration begin.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being a God of second starts, new starts, new beginnings, and restoration of that which has been lost. In Jesus’ Name, Amen