Daily Devotion, 5-15-2020 - Real Restoration

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Devotion, May 15, 2020
Scripture Reading:
Joel 2:12-27
Real Restoration

A walk on the beach is good for the soul. I find that when I go to the beach, particularly when I am stressed out, a long walk on the beach seems to restore and refresh me so that I can go back to my job, family, and friends with a new perspective and fresh outlook. True and everlasting restoration, however, can only come through a covenant relationship with God.

Today’s passage describes restoration as a state of having plenty, being satisfied, free from scorn, and free of fear… in other words, a state of being the recipient of good things from God. When we are restored, we are in a great position to rejoice and be glad for all that God has done to return us to a better state than we have been previously. While God’s love is without condition, God’s restoration can only occur when we are willing to “rend our hearts and return to God with fasting and weeping” (v. 2:12-13). In other words, God’s restoration of us is preceded by our repentance. God relents and prevents calamity from coming our way, when we are willing to turn away from the behaviors that have led us to calamity. God takes pity on us and desires for us to be restored, but we need to want to be restored and repent. When we repent and turn away from some of the causes of the trauma and drama in our lives, God gives us what we need to rise above. There is nothing God loves more than to be able to restore us to a state of spiritual fruitfulness and flourishment.

When God pardons us, our relationship with God is restored, but this is not to be mistaken as a guarantee for earthly wealth. Instead, God promises spiritual wealth which includes forgiveness, love, purpose, and living hope. God also gives us a caring Christian community to help us be nurtured and grow. This is the type of spiritual restoration to which Joel is referring to in Joel 2. If we need spiritual restoration, we must acknowledge God as the source of restoration, repent and accept our need for God to help us overcome the calamity in our lives.

Dear God, thank you for your desire to restore us to places of peace and restoration. Help us to acknowledge our need for you and your son, Jesus, repent and turn away from that which sometimes lead to calamity in our lives. Help us to understand that apart from you, we cannot experience true restoration. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

 
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