Restore — the most important word in our Christian Faith.
Reading in Psalm 23 from the (NKJV):
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
The NIV says: Refreshes.
But I think the word “restores” is more powerful.
Before I came to belief in Jesus, I was worn out. Totally. My neck, back and knees were not in good shape. I actually went up and downstairs by crawling or on my bottom. I couldn’t raise my arm very high, which led to problems writing on the blackboard (yes I taught that long ago).
In came Jesus.
A friend told me about quiet times with God. I embraced the idea of a quiet time.
Soon I could feel His Peace come over me. Gradually those aches and pains started to disappear. With His Peace came healing.
I have heard arguments saying, “But I can’t find time — uninterrupted time.” I couldn’t either. If I tried to have a moment’s peace when the family was awake it would not work.
So I asked God to wake me up earlier if He really wanted this time with me.
To read more about how I did this go to Bible Study — Do I really Need it?
Well God did. He did wake me up.
The next morning after I had prayed that prayer, “Please wake me up if you want me,” I awoke refreshed and the clock said: 6:00am. One hour earlier than I needed to wake up.
You have to visualize my surprise. But I didn’t hesitate. I got right up because God had called me. I knew I needed to go to Him. And I did.
It’s still hard for me to sit still.
But I read the Bible. I wrote my thoughts. I prayed in my journal. And I started to grow closer to God. And I started to relax.
I learned that He would control everything — if I would let Him.
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
If you want to be healed of stress, anger, or anything that has you tied in knots — may I suggest you go to Jesus. Go and rest in Him.
Let God bring about the peace you crave.
Let Him restore you.
He can restore you into God’s Presence.
He can restore you physically.
He can restore you mentally.
Just come to Him.
Matthew 11:28–30 from the Message:
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
May I pray for you and me?
Lord Jesus, You are the Healer, the Restorer, the Comforter. I want to be in Your presence. Help me to get there. Teach me how to listen to You. Teach me to be still before You. Teach me to come to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Until next time, find a quiet spot and pray. Then listen to what God has to say. If you don’t wake early enough, ask God to wake you up — refreshed and ready to come to Him and be restored. Read His Word and grow.
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