What does restoration mean to you? What does it look like to you? It definitely is a big word and has a far greater impact than we can imagine. Restoration by its very definition means to renew, revival, or reestablish. It’s the state or fact of being restored. A return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition; restitution of something taken away or lost.
Restoration in homes is big trend right now. So, you have people restoring homes, cars to perhaps an “original condition.” The problem is that nothing can be restored to its “original condition.” Because the original condition is a former state of being. I think we can only restore things; home, cars and furniture, to the knowledge that we have obtained regarding them. So, since we are not the original creator of them, they will not be restored to their former state or condition.
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In Joel 2:25, God says, “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust…” In Jeremiah 30:17 the Lord says, “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.” There are many more scriptures on restoration and restoring others. But in all of these, when the Lord restores you, when He gives back what was taken, when He renews what the locusts have destroyed, He takes it beyond the original condition. When He restores your finances, your health, your mind and emotions, it’s all for His glory in that it is restored in abundance! It is restored beyond what we could think or imagine. If God restores, it’s to a state of where it is producing fruit. It is giving back and feeding others.
What is God restoring in your life? You can bet if He is restoring it, He will require the use of it for His kingdom! In the New Living Translation, in Luke 12:48 it says, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”
What God is restoring, He will require. Let us be good stewards of the blessings in order to bless others.