RESTORATION

RESTORATION

[25] And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. Joel 2:25

Our message today centers around one of the great and wonderful promises of God to His people: “I will restore”.  Who, but God, could make such a promise?  Who, but God, can restore people’s lives back that have been torn apart by sin, neglect and bad choices?  Though His people had bowed before the false gods of that day and spent their money and time for the pleasures the world had to offer, their God was calling upon them to repent and return.  His blessings were still in His hand and He was able to restore what they had lost.  This promise is surely to those who have lost hope in this world and feel there is no way they can rise above their present circumstances.  With God, there is always hope no matter how difficult the problem or severe the loss.  His reward is in His hand.  He is the God of hope.  We must believe that some how, some way, things can be right in our life again, that there are still blessings to be enjoyed, love to be shared and joy to be experienced.  If we just pause for a moment and consider how great our Lord is we must know that He is able to do this.  Did He not create the whole universe out of nothing?  Did He not just speak, and it was done?  Surely, then, He can speak our problems into the land of forgetfulness. Did He not restore the withered hand?  He can restore your withered life.  Did He not calm the storm with three words, “Peace, be still?”  Surely, He has three words for us that will calm the storm in our lives. So, where, who or what are you looking to for restoration in you life?  It can not be found in drugs, sex, bright lights, partying, gambling, in the psychiatry of the world or any other place or thing other than the Person who made the promise.  Come, find Him with us in God’s house and claim the promise: “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm.”    

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