God Brings Restoration
“and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
Isaiah 61:3 NIV (https://www.bible.com/111/isa.61.3.niv)
the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying, “Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever.” For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the Lord. Jeremiah 33:11 (https://www.bible.com/bible/111/JER.33.11.NIV)
God is able to Restore all that was lost to those who put their trust in Him. God is able to bring Restoration and Healing into our lives. We receive restoration physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially. We need to trust Him in our despairing and hopeless situations. In these situations, we realize that we can have Hope in God. We have Hope in God because He can make beauty for our ashes and also turn things around for our good. (Isaiah 61:3, Romans 8:28)
Our weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). What this means we may have season of difficulty and pain, but God also bring a season of rejoicing and joy. God can make beauty for ashes. What does the term "ashes" mean? Ashes are something that are broken and in total despair.
God can take those ashes and turn it into something good (make beauty). All we need to do is turn to God in our desperation and ask for His Help. Trust Him and He can help us with our ashes-and make beauty from it. It doesn’t happen overnight, but with consistent prayer and trust in God through hard times, you will see Him work things out for good. In Romans 8:28 it says, God works all things together- for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His Purpose. In our lives, we may have experienced bad things. God can work out our bad things for our good if we turn to Him in our pain. This is a promise in God’s Word we can hold on to. We should never give up or lose hope during tough times. We can continue to trust God when times are tough-because we know He can turn things around for our good.
No matter how horrible a situation can be- God can turn it around- if we put our trust in Him and ask for His Help.
The covid pandemic has been a dreadful and painful season for the entire world. We can trust God, despite all that happened over the last year. He will turn all things around for our good. God has taught us in the mist of this crisis to slow down and focus on what is most important, which is Him. God is able to restore us, He is our only hope for restoration. He is the only solution to our problems. Let us grow in our faith in Him to help and restore us. Let us never forget that we are destined for the greatest restoration of all: an eternity with our God in Heaven. Let us not lose sight of this great Hope that we are given as we live the life that God has given us.
Let us pray.
We thank you for everyone reading or listening to this blog right now. You know the hardship our world has faced this last year. We pray that You would make beauty for ashes. We pray You would take our mourning and turn it into dancing, take our weeping turn into laughing, take our sadness turn it into Joy! Bring Restoration to every weary soul. Take everyone’s pain and weariness and bring Joy and Restoration. Restore all things that were lost according to Your Perfect Will. Restore us all physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially to Your Perfect Will. Help us to always put You first. Let us keep You as the first thought in our minds and not the last. You are making beauty for ashes in all of our lives. Give us Your Wisdom in the next season. We love you Lord and we surrender all of our prayer requests, burdens and concerns into Your Hands.
We ask all these things in the Name of Jesus.
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Please forgive me for my sins.
I invite You Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Savior.
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You.
I ask this in Jesus name.
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