When we think of restoring something, it’s usually a painting, a house or maybe an ancient artifact – all things that have seen better days. It takes an expert to accomplish the restoration of an item to its former glory, especially if it’s something of value or very old and rare. But some things can’t be restored, not in this life anyway. Many things have been ruined, lost, destroyed, mangled beyond repair, including the lives of countless people.
A classic story of restoration in the Bible is Job’s happy ending. After losing everything he had, including his sons and daughters, all was restored to him. He got back his flocks and then some and had seven more sons and three more daughters. Job 42:12 tells us God blessed him in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. Wouldn’t it be great if all of our trials had such good outcomes?
We will probably never experience restoration like Job, but then we will no doubt never go through the same kind of trial he had to endure. But just as Jesus cleans up for us and refreshes us both now and in the future, he also makes restoration to us. He won’t necessarily restore lost wealth and belongings and I wouldn’t want to be having more children at my age, but we can count on other kinds of restoration now – relationship with him which restores to us peace, hope, grace, mercy, assurance of his love, strength to endure, and probably things I can’t even think of. But never doubt what we’ve all lost will be restored and then some. We can’t even imagine what he has for us when the fullness of the Kingdom is here – that’s how much he loves us.