Restored by Favor
Restore us, God; look on us with favor, and we will be saved.
When tragedy, loss, or sin has ravaged our lives, we have a need to be restored. Our lives are not fully functioning with large, gaping holes left from the storm that hit us, and we need God to restore us where we are broken. Regardless of what the world may tell us, we cannot restore ourselves. We require the healing touch of God that can make us whole and give us life again.
This verse reveals the key to our restoration – the favor of God. With God’s favor on our lives, we can do anything. We can accomplish things we never dreamed possible or fulfill lifelong dreams. God’s favor blesses us to overcome adversity and opens doors we could never open in our own strength. His favor also directs us in the new plan He has for our restored being.
When God restores, He does so with a new purpose in mind. While our old self is shattered, God re-purposes us and creates something brand new from the fragments of the old life. Just as we might restore an old piece of furniture for a new use, God can restore our lives to change direction. If we insist or expect the old life to return, we will fail to function in the new life He has for us. With restoration and God’s favor upon us, we must be willing to leave the past behind and operate in a new dimension and a new purpose.
If you are still shattered from loss, ask God to restore you. Begin to expect His favor upon you to do the things you must now face. God may not show you what He is doing up front, but He will reveal things to you along the way that clearly give you new direction. Just follow those guideposts, and allow Him to work in your life. You will be pleasantly surprised with what He can do with your fragments as He makes you whole again!
Have a blessed day!