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Tuesday
Apr182017

God’s Desire To Restore

Ezekiel 36:22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.

24 “ ‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

It is in the nature of God to restore.  It is one of the characteristics that define who He is. No matter who you are or what you have done, His nature is to restore. In fact even before God brings judgment, He warns those to whom judgment will fall.

Amos 3:7 “Indeed, the Sovereign LORD never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.”

God does not want any to perish, not even the wicked.

Ezekiel 18:32 “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!”

God brought Israel back into the land and they again became a nation like He promised. This sign is the most significant sign that proves we have entered into the last days. After 2000 years, Israel is back in the land, never again to be removed from it. Why?  Because God promised it!

Amos 9:15  “I will firmly plant them there in their own land. They will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them," says the LORD your God.”

God’s nature is not to abandon but to restore. Will God abandon?  Sure, when He is ignored and He gives people over to their own ways, and allows their wickedness to be their judge.  It is much like the saying, “if you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.”  If you live apart from God and His ways, then you will be turned over to your own evil ways and you will die because of those ways. That is what Romans 1 tells us will happen when people ignore God.

However, Paul writes this in 2 Corinthians 5:17-18:

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 

19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Christ became God’s ultimate act of restoration. He restored all people through a one-time act of obedience unto death by Jesus Christ. This act of restoration became the underpinning of what God does through Jesus Christ. He forgives and removes sin, which in turn, restores a broken relationship with Him. That is why the Bible calls this the free gift of God, no man can earn it, inherit it, or be born into it.  This free gift has to be received by every person by an act of the will to trust God for the gift. It is then an act of receiving it, believing in the gift, and then acting upon the gift as a pardon and as a result this privilege is granted to you. Jesus provides a pardon of all your sins, and He grants you the privilege of entering into an eternal covenant with God for all eternity.

God’s great miracle of restoration was Israel - a sign to all who believe that He is a God who fulfills His promises. Israel is a sign that we can trust God and that He will never let us down or renege on the promises we read in the Bible.

Let’s face it: God is a restorative God. He wants none to perish, but all come to a saving knowledge of the Savior.

Take some time today and reflect on the restorative acts of God that you see in the Bible. How about the restorative acts you have witnessed in your own life, or in the lives of the people around you?

God’s emphasis has been and always will be about restoring people to Himself.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

 

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