I don’t know about you, but I worry a lot. I tend to fret, not like a guitarist, but like an old woman, just fret about this and then that, and add few “what ifs” and the day is done and time for fretful sleep. I am trusting Jesus for victory. I discovered a little help earlier this morning with this from J.I. Packer:
“Our God is a God who not merely restores, but takes up our mistakes and follies into His plan for us and brings good out of them.”
I was especially touched by the word, “restore.” When David uses the word in Psalm 23, it carries the meaning, “bring back to original function and beauty.” Now that will be something for Jesus to do for a 72 year old! When fully restored I will be able to play shortstop and at a dead run, field a hard hit ball 20 feet behind third base and throw out a fleet footed runner at first base. I did this many times in my youthful dreams.
How do you envision a restored life? Most of us at some age have suffered some sort of loss, perhaps even by sinning. God does promise a restoration, expressed thusly in Joel 2:25, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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