“For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.’ I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them tin my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. This is what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them. Once more fields will be bought in this land of which you say, ‘It is a desolate waste, without men or animals, for it has been handed over to the Babylonians.’ Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah32:15, 37, 42-44)
God’s people should praise Him continually because He loves them and restores them unto Himself. The remnant exists because of God’s love, not because of human qualifications or accomplishments.
When God renews His people, they experience new prosperity and peace. His restoration gives us a new start.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You promises His people, the remnant of the Exile, He promised to restore His people and did so. They were given fresh net starts with land, cattle and an air of prosperity. Beloved, this promise is available to each of us, His people, for there are many forms of exile, but when He restores us, He does so unlike anyone else ever could. Today, for those estranged from the Lord, we ask that they return and seek God out, that He would restore us to Himself and that we repent of our ways and seek to be fully back in relationship with Him, forever. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“More people fail because of a lack of purpose, than lack of talent.”
“Then he said to me: ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off. Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that the lord have spoken and I have done it, declares the Lord.” (Ezekiel37:11-14)
Israel’s coming restoration was to be he scattered dry bones being brought back together and given new life or like a resurrection from the grave. God would put His Spirit upon His people. (Ezekiel 11:17-21, God’s promised restoration included give Israel a new spirit and a new heart, which is a decisive turn in the doctrine of salvation as it developed in salvation history. God’s new covenant was to be written on hearts rather than upon tablets of stone like the Ten Commandments). They would have a new body as well as a new heart and mind. In fact, they would be a new creation of God’s making. The promise foreshadows the new birth (John 3) and the new creation of which Paul and John spoke. God takes people dead and hopeless because of their sin and recreates them to be His people. This is salvation.
“Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old.” (Lamentations5:21)
It is right for God’s “backsliden” people to pray that He will return them to their first love. Isaiah 1:26 says: “I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.”
Second Thought of the Day:
“Repent then and return to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts3:19)
Peter is clearly preaching that refreshment from God came first through repentance of sins, seeking forgiveness for those sins with a penitent heart and mind, and a desire to not commit them again.
This is the necessary step on our part to seek restoration of our relationship with God through Christ Jesus. There is no “wiggle room,” and none intended. We are to come before our Lord on our knees, humbly seeking to confess our sins, that He will restore us to Himself. I pray this is clear enough.