Forgiven. It’s a word that carries mind-boggling questions. We cannot fathom the total, unconditional forgiveness that Christ extends to us. Yet we all get a second chance.
Many people overcome their past mistakes by God’s grace and become what God purposed for them. God is not interested in what we once were. He is interested in what we can become. Moses killed an Egyptian, yet God have him a second chance to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Paul was a zealous persecutor, yet he got a second chance.
Think about Jonah. He had an encounter with God, but chose to run. He had a future, but chose to deny it. He paid a dear price to resist God and do his own thing, spending three nights in a giant fish’s belly. Yet in Jonah 3:1, “the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying…” God gave Jonah a second chance. He restored Jonah’s commission and He can restore all that was stolen in your life.
Here are 7 areas that God promises to restore.
1. Your health: In Jeremiah 30:17, the Lord says He will “restore health to you and heal you of your wounds.” The same Jesus that healed thousands in the Bible still has the power to restore your health today.
2. Your life: Ruth 4:15 tells about the way God provided for Naomi’s life to be restored after her husband and sons died: “And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age.”
3. Your joy: David’s cry in Psalm 51:12 is that God will restore the joy of His salvation. God is praised in the psalms as the restorer of joy.
4. The wasted years: “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25). God restores the time that we spent living contrary to His truth.
5. Your spiritual walk: Galatians 6:1 describes that if someone is caught in sin, the spiritual community is to restore that person in a spirit of gentleness.
6. Your paths: Both you and your spiritual family will rebuild the breach and fill the places that were once used for rubbish (Isaiah 58:12).
7. Your damaged soul: The Shepherd’s psalm elegantly declares that God “restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness.”
Have you done something in your past that you’re ashamed of? Have you ever felt that you disappointed God to such an extent that He could never love you again? God is a God of unlimited second chances. He is willing and ready to restore you to your former condition of health.