When my computer shuts down unexpectedly while I’m online, when I sign back on, in the corner of my screen there appears a button that says “restore.” This button is designed to take you back to the tabs and sites you were visiting or working on before the crash or shut down occurred. It is there to bring you back to the place where you once were.
Have you ever experienced a shut down moment in life? A time when is seems that the walls came crashing in and you lost sight of where you were? Has there ever been a time when you just need a refreshing? You needed to step back, evaluate everything presently before you, and start again? I’m pretty sure we can all raise our hand to attest to being in similar situations at one time or another. A time when you just felt depleted and needed to be restored.
Restoration is right up God’s alley. Everything in the Bible points mankind to His holy desire to see people restored. God cares about us. Not only the spiritual us, but He cares about all of us. Every tidbit in life, He is well aware of. Many people only look to God in the big and dramatic areas of life, but God is concerned about your well-being in the whole of your life.
John once wrote, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth,” (3 John 2). I believe that John wanted us to walk out the restored life in our daily living. Not just claiming it for our salvation (which, needless to say, is very important), but to have it as an active mindset that goes before us and prospers us in every part of our daily living.
Slumps are all around us, but we are not called to be slump dwellers. We have a choice how to handle the strains and afflictions we face in this life. Peter gives us this advice:
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (1 Peter 5:6-10)
In these few verses, Peter doesn’t hide the adversities one faces, but he highlights what to do with them. First, he states to humble yourself before God and let Him exalt you (vs. 6). When God is the one exalting you, you are restored! Next, in verse 7, he tells his readers what to do with all those cares that are weighing you down, all those things that are making you feel like you are in a shut down mode. He says to get rid of them. And, we are not to dispose of them any kind of way. We are to give these burdens to God because He is the One who truly cares for you. Once again, if God is caring for you and helping you to deal with your burdens, you are in a restored position.
There are things that can try to hinder and rob you of the restored life. Following the above two verses, we see some of the afflictions and dealing with the enemy that people face and how we are to be on guard against the advances of it and be steadfast in our faith through it all. We have a responsibility to protect our restored status while pushing forth in the faith.
And lastly, in verse 10, Peter lets us know that though there may be suffering at times, it will never compare to the glory that we inherit by our Lord Jesus Christ. It is He that will see us through. It is He that will make us perfect. It is He that will “stablish, strengthen, settle you.” It is through Him you can be restored!
In our everyday life, as well as in the time to come after we pass from here, in Christ, we live a restored life. Once in a while we may feel that we have been knocked off our rocker, but remember who you are and whose you are. In Him, we don’t have to stay in that “knocked off” state. Follow Peter’s advice and give what you are dealing with to God and ask Him to hit the restore button in your life.
God wants you to be blessed in Him. He wants you, more than anyone else, to live a successful Christian life. Let Him in your world, your circumstances, and your situations and lean on Him for complete restoration and healing. He will pick you up, polish you off, and make you like new again.
Here’s a thought for today: “NEVER GIVE UP!”
Many of us had beautiful dreams as a child. Dreams of how life would be and the things we would do. Some of those dreams were childish because we were children. But, some of those dreams were real aspirations to do something great in this life and to push past what’s before you right now.
I am here to tell you today, don’t let go of those dreams. They are still in you and they are still waiting to see their realization come to pass. Life may get hard sometimes in the race before us, but keep pushing on. Believe God has your best in mind always, and NEVER GIVE UP!
God bless you!
Father God, Sometimes in this life we just don’t understand everything that’s going on around us. We have ups and we have downs, but through it all, You remain the same. Thank You for being our source this day and every day. Thank You for holding our hand through the turbulent tides we face. Thank You that You have continually kept Your promise to never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Thank You for bringing us through.
Father God, our hearts are opened before You. Nothing is hid from You. We take great comfort in that because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that You know us better than we know ourselves. You are our Lord. You are our King. You are sovereign in all Your majesty and power. You are our leaning force, our shelter to run and hide in the time of the storm. You are He who loves us beyond measure in spite of our faults and shortcomings.
Father God, we love You so much. You are the One who deserves all the glory and honor. Without You we are nothing and apart from You we can do nothing. Our life is in Your blessed and mighty hands. We are praying for Your help throughout this day. Help with life, help with the decisions and choices that we make, help in every situation and circumstance we may face.
Father God, we are asking You to bless our homes, bless our families, and please remember the unsaved members of our families. We are praying for hearts to be opened to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. We are praying for hearts and minds to be sensitive to Your holy call. Thank You for the grace and mercy that You have bestowed upon each one of us this day and every day. Thank You for another day that You have kept us.
Father God, it’s to You we pray and it’s in Your hands we commit every one of these prayers. You are our trust and our stay. You are our comfort through this day. You are our peace even when we don’t know what to do. You are where we lay each burden down and know and believe that You are just, faithful, and true. You are the God of all righteousness, and to You be the glory forever and ever. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray, AMEN!
GOD CAN turn any situation around and get the glory out of our lives. “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3
I don’t know God’s plans for you. And, I don’t know all that He has planned for me. But one thing I do know is He is sovereign and has control of everything pertaining to each and every one of us. It is better to wait on the Lord than to chase what is fruitless and futile. Even if we are in the valley of affliction, and don’t quite know which way to turn. Turn where He is turning. Go where God is leading. Wait on Him and trust Him to bring your change to past. “All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come,” Job 14:14. The change Job was looking for may be different than the change you or I are hoping for, nonetheless, wait till it comes!
Father God, thank You that You are mindful of us this day and every day. Thank You that Your hand of mercy has raised us up this day and the power of Your Holy Spirit is walking with us through this day. Thank You for Your daily love, compassion, and faithfulness that is at work in our lives. Thank You for just being the great and glorious God that You are. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, AMEN!
There is always something about the stories where the underdog comes out on top, where the least of all becomes the greatest that sends chills of inspiration up the spine.
The story of David and Goliath has long evoked a sense awe at the victory won and the hope of possibility in the soul still in the fight facing his/her own giants. The fact of the matter is that many things in this life which we face day to day can at times seem too much to bear. Our worries don’t necessarily have to be against the biggest guy around. Just the struggle of making it one more day, another try at giving it your best shot, can make it really hard for some people.
That’s why this article is not going to focus on the beast Goliath was or how David brought him down with just a stone and slingshot.
Nope. I want us to focus on the confidence that David had in God.
To me, it doesn’t matter if what you face is big or small. Sometimes the hardest stuff is the routine, small stuff that gets on your nerves every single day and makes you want to throw in the towel and quit.
Yes, David did the impossible in the name of the Lord. But, what I have found out in my own life is when we evoke that same confidence in God in every area of our lives, big or small, God tends to step in and work it out for us. And, you know it was Him because that very area in life that used to be a source of hardship and frustration now becomes a place of peace and productivity.
David, before confronting Goliath, declared, “The LORD delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine,” (1 Samuel 17:37, NKJV. emphasis mine). I want us to focus on “He will” of that statement. David expressed in those two little words the amount of confidence he had in the God he served.
Confidence in God the key no matter what. Many of times we misplace our confidences in the things and the people we see around us, allowing them to become our focus and control, when God should be at the forefront of the battle with us. Over and over again we are told in His Word, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man,” (Psalm 118:8, NKJV); yet, man seems to always get more of our attention and we wonder why we falter in the battle and don’t end up standing as victor over the giants and circumstances we face.
We have to rely more on God than anything else in this world. He truly is the only one who can get in there and fight with us and for us and bring us to a victorious end on the other side.
Below are some reminders to trust God and have confidence in Him no matter the size of anything we face. Knowing this will improve our day to day struggles in life and turn them into day to day victories.
- “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5
- “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” – Isaiah 26:4
- “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” – Psalm 37:3
- “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:17
- “Never be afraid to trust in unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom
- “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” – Martin Luther
- “So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him, but when we pray in the Holy Spirit we begin to realize the resources of God, that He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children.” – Oswald Chambers