There are times in life when we feel as if something has been stolen from us. It could have been your innocence, your joy, your peace, your family, your possessions, your inheritance—and it feels as if nothing can give that back to you. You cannot find complete, miraculous restoration in the world, only in Yahweh. God is your Provider and Restorer, and He promised in His Word that He would create beauty from ashes. It’s just that most of the time it’s not in the way that we imagine, but God’s way. His plan is always going to be better.
When your eyes are fixed on the wrong things—like hurt, rejection, sadness—you could miss God’s restoration plan for you! There are so many couples that adopt children, and the children refuse to accept them as their parents. Why? Because their eyes are fixed on being orphaned forever, when that isn’t the case. They have been accepted and invited into a home and into a family who wants them.
Naomi lost her husband and her two sons. One of her daughters-in-law returned to her home country, while Ruth, her second daughter-in-law, remained with Naomi. Ruth eventually remarried and had a son.
Naomi could have rejected this blessing. She could have thought, “Well, Ruth isn’t my daughter and Boaz isn’t my son. I have no grandson because he is not of my blood.” This is how easily one can block God’s restoration. The Lord restored Naomi through Ruth and her marriage to Boaz. Naomi now had a family again, with a grandchild, and so much love.
- 2 Kings 5:1-16
Naaman, commander of the army of the King of Aram, was a victorious warrior and military leader. Unfortunately, he had a physical setback; he had leprosy. Naaman sought God’s healing, but his way, not God’s way.
When he received a message from God’s prophet with directions on how he was to be healed, Naaman became furious. He didn’t believe or want to receive restoration through God’s directions. God wanted him to dip himself in the Jordan River 7 times. His pride and arrogance put him in an uproar. He refused and returned home only to get worse, so he gave in and followed the Lord’s directions. He was miraculously healed just as God promised him.
Dear Lord Jesus,
I’m sorry I missed or didn’t fully appreciate the divine restoration you have for me. It has always been in front of my eyes and I have been rejecting your restoration, God. I am ready to receive everything you have for me, Lord, in Jesus’ mighty name.
I’m sorry for my disbelief. I’m sorry for my double mindedness. I’m sorry that I tried to make everyone else around me pay the price for my loss. I am sorry for my attitude, Lord. I don’t deserve anything, but I do believe that because you are such a good Father, you are excited to give me miraculous restoration (for a wife or a husband or a child or money or a house or childhood, hope, dreams, years, lifetime, etc.).
Lord Jesus, I humbly receive your goodness for my life. I thank you in advance for every blessing you have in store for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
***Whatever you have lost (like your health—maybe your hair due to cancer or a breast) God can restore whatever it is to you today. Nothing is too big for God. If you are willing to receive it say: “I embrace it! This is my restoration. I am not going to find fault in it. I am not going to criticize it. I am not going to compare it to anything else. I am going to receive it humbly and happily in Christ.”***
Scriptures of Restoration
Jeremiah 30:17, ESV
For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…
Isaiah 61:7, ESV
Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.
Joel 2:25-26, ESV
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. 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 again be put to shame.
Job 42:10, ESV
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Isaiah 1:18, ESV
Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Psalm 51:10,12 NLT
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Romans 15:13, ESV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Zechariah 9:12, NIV
Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
James 5:16, ESV
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Hosea 6:1, ESV
Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
Isaiah 61:3, ESV
To grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.