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Restoration is usually painful, but with amazing results. When we think about restored marriages and relationships with family and friends, our heart either leaps with gratitude at what God has done, or it sinks at the recognition that restoration is needed. We serve a gracious, compassionate God. In Zechariah 10, the title of this portion of Scripture is “The Lord Will Restore His People.” The sixth verse tells us, “. . . I will restore them because of my compassion . . . for I am the Lord their God, who will hear their cries.” This is the compassionate heart of the One we serve.
If you need relationship restoration with God or someone else, cry out to the One who can restore what has been devastated, or hurt. We suffer when there are issues in our relationships but I Peter 5:10 tells us; “In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” God’s Word promises to be “a lamp to our feet and a light to our path” (Psalm 119:105), which illuminates His heart for restoration. Praying His Word, His great promises, has restored relationships with family and friends and has brought physical and emotional healing as well as seeing my brother give his heart to the Lord just six months before his wife died.
Sometimes we wonder at God’s miraculous interventions in our life, while other times they escape our notice; the difference? Well it seems to come down to our focus. There is a life principle that says “Begin each day with meditation on Jesus, or don’t do anything else.” If we do not begin our day spending time with the One who makes life possible, we may leave ourselves open to missed opportunities for restoration and the vision necessary to be grateful and aware of the miraculous that is all around.