Restoration of old houses, furniture, cars, and the transformation of old things to as good as new, has become a new industry, more so now as household incomes have reduced due to economic downturns and effects of the pandemic. Restoration is also at God’s heart. God draws us to Himself and wants us to enjoy abundant life in Him, but most times we drift away looking for our solutions. Circumstances and situations like disease, joblessness, loneliness, divorce, and other life’s challenges (that is ‘our Babylon’), make us feel like God is far from us and that He doesn’t care about our situations anymore.
Good news! God is concerned and cares about His people today just like He did for the Israelites exiled in Babylon. Ezekiel prophesied of God’s promise to restore, His providence and His abundance (Ezekiel 36:9-12). Zion was restored after seventy years of captivity! God restored Job with twice as much as he had before. He also restored his relationship with family and friends (Job 42:10-11).
As our good Shepherd, He wants to bring His people back to His green pastures to experience peace and joy (Psalm 23) and to a place of abundance (Psalm 66:12b). Our heavenly Father restores those that trust Him irrespective of the period of struggle. He surely comes and restores us out of our “Babylon” and makes us fruitful and more prosperous than before. This restoration is only for those in Christ; they will have life in abundance.
What are your “Babylon” situations today? Write them down and bring them before God, the Restorer. Also, take time to reflect on what God has done for you in the past. Thank Him. Call upon His promises not to leave or forsake you (and any other promises that you know). Don’t despair or lose hope. The Lord is near you.
Lord, You, know me and You know my current situations. Thank you for all You have done for me in the past. You are a promise keeper. I surrender all my situations to Your able hands. Make me fruitful once again I pray. Amen.