Many Believers can confirm that they have experienced losses, from money, to jobs, health etc. Losses seem to come with the territory called planet Earth. The good news is that God; our Father in Heaven is aware of our situation and has a Covenant with us to restore all our losses.
Joel 2: 23-27
Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you— the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.
Losses bring shame but it is not the will of God for Believers to suffer shame in any way. My prayer for you based on Joel 2 is that all God’s blessings, from the first month of 2011 through to October will be restored to you, so that you will not be put to shame in Jesus’ name.
The definition of restoration or the word “restore” is...to bring back to the original status, back to the original ranking. Our God is not just a God of ALL POWER but also a God of precepts and principles. He has clearly stated Principles of restoration recorded in the Bible. It is amazing how His standard for restoration involves restoring what was taken in multiples.
First of all, God demonstrated His power to restore by saving us from death based on our inherited and committed sin-status. Jesus died on the cross to catch the thief, also known as satan or the devil. With our salvation in Jesus, we have many blessings.
1 Peter 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
God’s Principle of restoration compels the thief to restore multiples of what was originally stolen. Throughout the Bible there are records of restoration in multiples.
People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold…
Moses, who enjoyed a life of wonderful intimacy with God and therefore knew God’s will for restoration in multiples prayed this prayer.
Psalm 90: 13-17
Return, O LORD! How long? And have compassion on your servants. Oh, satisfy us early with your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days! Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, [in multiples of] the years in which we have seen evil. Let your work appear to your servants, and your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.
Through Prophet Jeremiah, God promised to restore our health.
Jeremiah 30: 16-17
‘Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured; and all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; those who plunder you shall become plunder, and all who prey upon you I will make a prey. For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “ This is Zion; No one seeks her.”’
It is God’s will to restore your joy.
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
Psalm 16: 11.
You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 30: 5.
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 35: 27.
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Ever since Mankind fell below God’s Will in the Garden of Eden, it has been God’s sustained desire to restore us. Our entire Salvation story through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is all about our restoration to life in Christ and to eternity as God originally intended. It is therefore possible for God to restore the joy of our Salvation at any time during our lifetime, if we feel we have lost the joy. David did once and this was how he prayed.
Psalm 51: 12
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Since God’s will for our life naturally includes restoration, He definitely wants to restore your right-standing with him.
I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
If it’s strength you need, God will restore your strength.
Isaiah 40: 29, 31.
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength… But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
God acknowledged that psalmist David knew His Heart. Psalm 27 is all about David’s confident assurance that God is a restorer and David should know. Ultimately, the Bible makes is clear that God wants Believers to be restorers too.
The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
Case Study: The Shunammite Woman’s Four-fold Restoration:
Without any hidden agenda, the Shunammite woman showed pure hospitality and kindness to a man of God by the name, Elisha.
Restoration 1: God restored her ability to be fruitful and gave her a son.
2 Kings 4:8-17.
Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.”
And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.” So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.” So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!” But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.
Restoration 2: When her son mysteriously died, God resurrected him through Prophet Elisha. Her FAITH was rewarded with the RESURRECTION OF HER SON. God will restore life to you in Jesus name. Take note of how selective she was with any communication about her problem. She didn't tell her servant; neither did she tell Gehazi, nor even her husband! Fear & panic had no relevance to the way she handled her situation.
2 Kings 4:30-37
And the mother of the child said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her. Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child has not awakened.” When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the LORD. And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out.
Jesus is our Elisha, our High Priest today. Matthew 11:28-30 encourages us go to God through Jesus with your burden and Jesus will give us rest.
Come to Me [Jesus], all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Restoration 3: Divine foresight, preservation and asset restoration with multiplication.
2 Kings 8:1-6
Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the LORD has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.” 2 So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years. It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land. Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.” Now it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he had restored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now.”
God gave the Shunammite woman and her family divine foresight through Elisha to avoid severe famine. That was the famine that climaxed with Israeli families taking turns to eat their own children! Once the famine was over, God ordered the Shunamite's steps back from Philistia to Shunem just at the time when Gehazi testified before the king about the Shunammite miracle. That was not mere coincidence but divine timing. Ultimately, God restored her assets with a 7-year interest, as if she never fled Shunem to avoid famine.
God is willing and able to do the same for you today.