Restore. It’s my word for the year. I notice it throughout the readings.
Micah returns the coins to this mother (Judges).
The Lord speaks in Jeremiah, and restoration pours from his mouth. His words are powerful, and I am encouraged and refreshed by his might.
- He will bring them home to the land.
- He will break the yoke from their necks and snap the chains.
- He will raise up a king.
- He will give back health and heal wounds.
It goes on, the things he does.
18 This is what the Lord says:
“When I bring Israel home again from captivity
and restore their fortunes,
Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins,
and the palace reconstructed as before.
19 There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving,
and I will multiply my people, not diminish them;
I will honor them, not despise them.
20 Their children will prosper as they did long ago.
I will establish them as a nation before me,
and I will punish anyone who hurts them.
21 They will have their own ruler again,
and he will come from their own people.
I will invite him to approach me,” says the Lord,
“for who would dare to come unless invited?
22 You will be my people,
and I will be your God.” (Jeremiah 30:18-22, NLT)
My God who turns mourning into joy. He rebuilds upon the ruins. He restores.
Oh, that I can look upon the loss and heartache and circumstances that have hammered against me these months; they have not been for destruction, but for refining and chiseling–restoration. Breaking of yokes. Snapping of chains.
A tomb is empty (Mark 16).
We live, restored.