The Book of Job reveals God as the restorer. God sometimes allows difficulties to drive us to prayer in order to restore our relationship with Him. In Chapter 42:10 it says, “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends.” This displays Job’s amazing love and humility. It continues to recount that the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. After this, Job lived 140 years and he saw his children and grandchildren to the fourth generation.
“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm…”(Joel 2:25).
This promise applies to our day, as we seek the Lord’s face. God is willing and able to restore lost or wasted years. An elderly lady of over 75 years joined the church some time ago and she wept for the first three months. She had only turned to the Lord near the end of her life, but the Lord restored her and made up for all the years she had lost. She became a great blessing and prayer warrior before she was taken home to be with Him.
God’s will is to restore lost years, He wants to do the impossible. He wants to restore the prodigals to the Father. “I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart (Jeremiah 24:7).
It is time to seek the Lord while He may be found. God wants a totally restored Bride.
God’s plan for the church is clearly laid out in Revelation, dressed, wearing white robes, and holding
palm branches, crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and
to the Lamb.”
Restoration is a process in returning us to God’s purposes. When we have experienced deep sorrow
and disappointment, we need to be healed and restored, just as Job was.
God disciplines us in order to restore us. Jesus was willing to restore Peter after he had denied Him
three times. This same Peter closes his first letter with the promise of restoration: