“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.” ~ Psalm 51:12 “He restoreth my soul…” Psalm 23:3 In a fractured world, filled with brokenness – broken dreams, broken systems, broken relationships, just to mention a few; restoration is a much needed experience. Sadly, many places once considered peaceful and much sought after as iconic and great travel destinations, are now witnessing at an unprecedented rate strife, wars and confusion in their land.
We take a telescopic view into the Middle East where talks of peace are never ending but for the most part is, seemingly, falling on deaf ears. Every day we witness bible prophecy being fulfilled where nations continue to rise up against nations and, in the midst of an ongoing civil war, the looming threat of chemical weapons sits as a ‘black hawk’ waiting the day when its’ evil master gives it its signal for execution of diabolical duties.
All around the globe there are so many heart breaking stories of torture, abuse, hunger, oppression and affliction. The victims, whose voices that are often times not heard, or where their tales of darkness never make headline news, continue to live in fear, not knowing when the ugly monster of death will visit them.
We turn more to the north in the USA and we grimace, while we helplessly watch that nation, still nursing its gaping wound and whose stomach still churn from the gun violence and massacre that rocked Sandy Hook Elementary School on the morning of December 14th 2012 – young, innocent children’s lives were suddenly cut short by death, only moments after they began their daily routine at school. We eagerly wait with great anticipation, while law makers, if not by their own free will, are now being forced to look seriously at gun control, mental health, school safety and to push for meaningful reform in a non-partisan way.
While these and other things are glaring realities, what is God saying? What are His thoughts? Is He just sitting back and doing nothing as Satan rages his tyranny here on earth? The answer is, no. To begin with, the first comfort and assurance that I give as I have received it is this – God will not suffer us to be still in these sufferings, nor for us to accept them as the way that our life ought to be while here on earth.
He says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,..thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you and expected end.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11.
Surely part of that expected end, is to restore joy and peace in our hearts and lives.
God’s earnest desire is for us to have restoration – healing in our body, soul and spirit. He wants for us to have abundance in this life and eternal life in the one which is to come. God’s Son coming into the world was for a divine purpose. It was to bring about a new world order, a new era filled with hope, love, an abundance of joy in our lives. It was the birthing of divine empowerment with the government being upon the shoulder of God’s Son who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Scripture recalls the word of the Lord, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6
The promise is that Satan’s tyranny and his onslaught upon humanity will come to an end. Light will break forth and pierce the darkness upon this earth and our lives will radiate with the beaming light from the one who Himself is the Light of the world – Jesus our Lord! It must come that Satan will be bound and cast to the bottomless pit that he can deceive the nations and people no more to fulfill his dirty deeds.
All things will be made new – the promise of a new heaven and a new earth. God Himself shall be with us. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he tha sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful” ~ Revelation 21:4-5
As we reflect on all that has passed this year, let us begin to thank God for the restorative work that He shall do in each of our lives. Be comforted while we thank Him for His peace and for His tender mercy and His grace towards us that we are here today and in spite of it all, we ourselves have not been consumed.
May God abundantly bless us and give us His peace that we can shine as the light of the world that we are in Him.