What is your favorite promise of God? Where is it found in the Bible? Tonight, while exercising, I was thinking and began praying for God to restore what is broken. I need my God to restore what has been broken. Maybe, you need the same. You need God to restore something important to you that was broken.
Mending the Broken
Throughout Scripture, we see God as One who is found mending what was once broken. We see God mending the broken hearted.
In Isaiah, the prophet writes –
“For this is what the high and exalted One says– he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite (Is. 57:15).”
The Psalmists wrote about brokenness, too.
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed
“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds
In these Scriptures, we are reminded that God is not afraid of brokenness. God doesn’t shy away from those who face some sort of brokenness in their lives.
The truth is – we all are broken in some way or another. We all have relationships that seem more broken than whole. We all have our days where maybe it’s not the relationships, but it is our jobs, finances, choices we make, or sins that cause us to be broken.
The Clinging Promise
Yet, there is that promise in Joel 2:25. In this prophetical book, God shows us that He can, in fact, use the brokenness in our lives. He can restore our season of brokenness.
God promises His chosen people, Israel, that He will do one thing that stands out from the circumstances they would undergo. He is the God who promises to restore!
In the midst of God’s pronounced judgment, there is a plea toward the end of the second chapter of Joel.
When we come back to God, truly repent of our sins, and seek after the will of God for our lives, He will do something wonderful in our midst.
While He lists all these terrible things that could happen, He tells them something that would make the hair stand up on the back of their neck.
“I will give you back what you lost
in the years when swarms of locusts ate your crops.
It was I who sent this army against you.
Now you will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied.
You will praise the Lord your God,
who has done wonderful things for you.
My people will never be despised again.
Then, Israel, you will know that I am among you
and that I, the Lord, am your God
and there is no other.
My people will never be despised again (Joel 2:25-27).”
God can make up for the years lost, due to the catastrophe. Though the catastrophe was brought on by the sins of the people, God would bring them back to the land of the living. In the midst of their most difficult circumstances, God would fill them up and keep them satisfied. Though they went profoundly hungry, God would soothe their appetite. God would fill up their empty cup.
Make A Change
Let’s not forget the essential aspect of receiving healing for the broken pieces of our lives. We need to surrender to God.
We need to come before God, admitting we are sinners in need of His amazing grace through His Son Jesus Christ, and He will do wonderful things in our midst.
We need to have peace in our relationship with God first, before we can expect Him to fix what is broken.
The greatest priority is for our relationship with God to be restored. We need restoration in many areas of our lives, I am sure, but this stands out as the greatest area in which we need healing.
We need healing, and God is on standby – ready to begin to heal us in every aspect of our lives. It begins with us realizing the greatness of our God, and how much we need Him.
God wants to turn our years of famine into something different – something beautiful. But, it hinges on us coming before God. In order to stand in His Presence, we need the greatest Advocate we could ever ask for – Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our Advocate, and He is ready to intercede on our behalf before the Father.
I don’t know about you, but I stand in desperate need for Jesus to turn my years of famine and locust into something beautiful. I need God to take my utter foolishness moments, and turn them into something He can use. Despite the great shame of my sins, God can still restore. All I must do is come. Just come to the Heavenly Father.
How are you choosing to seek after the Lord your God today in the midst of your circumstances? How is He making Himself known in your midst right at this very moment? What are you facing that feels broken, beyond repair, that needs God’s precious touch?
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I have sinned against heaven and earth. I pray You would forgive me. Thank You that Your forgiveness is instant, without any grudges. If anyone had a right to hold a grudge against me, it would be You. Thank You for the love and grace You readily extend to me – instead. I pray You would turn the ugly into something beautiful, into something You can use. I pray You would restore the broken in my life, and use it to display Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”