I (and most of America) really enjoy all the shows on TV where old homes get renovated, old furniture gets refinished, and antiques are unburied and brought back to life. We hate to see broken things, and love to see them restored.
Our God is like that too.
God is in the business of restoration. He restores hearts.
I talked about how sin destroys any peace we have with God in my previous post. Adam and Eve destroyed the perfect peace they felt when they sinned and ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Disbelief in God’s promises = living in darkness and confusion
Adam and Eve did not believe in God’s goodness. They thought he was withholding something from them. They thought their minds would be enlightened, but instead they were thrown into darkness and confusion.
I am guilty of not believing in God's goodness too. I worry about my family's health, our safety, our finances, the list could go on. When I don't believe that God has the best plan, or loves my family more than I ever could, my mind twists and turns over every possible scenario of which I have no control. It leaves me no peace.
Faith in God’s promises = living in light with peace
God always knew they would choose that fruit over obedience to Him. He always knew we would choose to worship ourselves over Him, too. But even before that moment in the garden, God had written the grandest restoration story of all time. And with one bite of that deliciously deceptive fruit, his plan was set in motion.
He sent Jesus on a mission: restoring His chosen people to Him. It was Jesus' death and resurrection that fixed what was broken. For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (Ephesians 5 : 8). The Gospel opens our eyes so we are able to have faith in what God says and who He is.
Our Restoration Story:
To purchase our condemned house, God pays the ultimate price – the sacrifice of His son. God purchases our ‘old home’ to restore it, to dwell in it. He shines His light into every nook and cranny, every broken floorboard, every plumbing problem, every single defect. Our house, once boarded up with no power, gets turned to life and all the broken pieces are able to get fixed.
It’s uncomfortable to have sections of floor ripped out, so to speak. But we know our good God is restoring us into something beautiful; what we were created to be! No longer are we left trying to live in an uninhabitable house. We are able to walk through lighted rooms and see the broken places. We are able to work with God in the restoration process. We are at peace within the walls of our own home now, no longer stuck in the dark feeling our way blindly around.
Sisters in the Round, here is the thing. If you are in Christ, you ARE walking in the light. You ARE being restored. Trust Him. Believe His promise that He will complete the restoration work He began in you (Philippians 1:6). Rest in it and find peace of mind this world does not offer.