God is amazing .
I just can’t get over it.
Here I was going to make the title – The God who restores, and the first website I open concerning the topic (yes, I do my homework 😜), brought forth this Hebrew word — Elyashib.
This Hebrew name or word can be translated as the God who restores.
And oh, what a privilege to have such a God!
The biblical meaning of the word ‘restoration’ is to receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original state or returning something to its former condition.
A week or so ago, I was listening to a sermon by Dr Mensa Otabil when this topic came to mind. He had been speaking about David and Bathsheba. I’m sure we all know the story.
If you want a reminder, you can find it here – 2 Samuel 11, 12
David was idle. At the time when kings go off to war, he didn’t.
It’s not a problem having seen Bathsheba bathing; the issue is the second look and obviously he looked very very well. 😅
What happened? He had an affair, impregnated another man’s wife and had the audacity to have the poor man Uriah killed. That’s murder by any standard.
You’d wonder if David’s conscience was so seared that he didn’t realize what he had done until the prophet Nathan came to him and told him a story that enraged him (David). Only then did it dawn on him that he was that man.
That’s life and that’s how relevant the Bible is.
We look into the lives of people and see their weaknesses, strengths and how God dealt with them.
David repented, but with God , even when you repent, you still face the consequence of your action. What was the consequence? – the death of that child .
And this is the exciting part!
God restored both David and Bathsheba.
He gave them another son,…none other than Solomon, the wisest man to ever live.
Solomon later sat on the throne and is included in the genealogy of Jesus!
Look at others like Tamar, Judah, Rahab,.. all within the genealogy of Jesus!
What’s the lesson?
God is a God of restoration.
Once we confess our sins and repent.
It’s amazing how God forgives us and many of us are unable to forgive ourselves!
This can be damaging both physically and emotionally. 😢
So,..whatever you’ve done, remember God is more than ready to restore you once you repent and draw near to Him. Whilst you’re doing that, please do yourself a favor and forgive yourself too. 🤗
Let’s look at a few verses:
1 Peter 5:10 NIV –
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast
Galatians 6:1 NIV – Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
Hosea 6:1-2 NIV – Come, let us return to the LORD.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
Jeremiah 24:7 NIV –
7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.
God bless you!