I’ve been thinking of the story of the woman in 2 Kings 4:8-37. She had recognised that Elisha was a holy man of God and had built him a little room to stay in and he recognised her kindness and prayed that even though her husband was old she would have a son; and she did. Then the son died. And she laid the boy on Elisha’s bed and sent for Elisha to come and pray for him. The man of God was 20 miles away but he came and prayed, stretched himself out on the boy and life returned to him. God restored the boy to the family.
Was there any reason for God to restore the boy or is restoration part of Who God is?
We see Jesus restoring life and health all through the Gospels.
God even restores time.
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.
We see the Word restore in Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
(This word want can be translated as I shall not want, I shall not lack, I shall not fail)
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
I was listening to a sermon today where Pastor Jeremy Pearson was sharing about how when Jesus fed the 5 Thousand, He told the people to sit or it could be translated, lie down in a place where there was a lot of grass.
He was revealing Himself as the Good Shepherd to the people, that they would not want.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
- return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position.
“the effort to restore him to office isn’t working”
- repair or renovate (a building, work of art, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition.
“the building has been lovingly restored”
In Queensland Australia there are these houses that were first built by the settlers called queenslanders, with big rooves to deal with the heat, floors raised above the ground on stumps to allow for airflow and minimise flooding and big wrap around verandas.
When they are restored and renovated they are stunning and command a premium price.
Modern appliances are added to their unique features; hardwood floors, arches over doorways, and unique window hoods.
I remember a story Katherine Ruonala tells of a situation that was really muddled up to the point where she felt like it was ‘scrambled eggs’. She hadn’t told anyone that but at that moment a friend who was coming walked through the door and said, ‘you know God can even unscramble eggs.’ It was like a word of knowledge to restore hope to the situation.
In her book Double for Your Trouble she shares the story of a family who went to the Healing Rooms run by John G Lake, to get help for their son who was born disabled and with a misshapen head and they were told he would be a vegetable for life. They were told by other pastors that God no longer did miracles, but somehow they heard of what was happening with John G Lake and they made the journey. They continued to get prayer for their son everyday for weeks until he became completely normal and was able to go to school.
God wants to satisfy our mouths with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagles . . . Psalm 103
I just heard a testimony of a young girl healed of autism as the preacher prayed over her mum, ‘I release complete shalom into this situation’.
I knew shalom meant nothing broken, nothing missing, I didn’t realise it also meant the spirit that breaks all chaos.
From that day forward the girl began to improve, over the course of a year until she was completely healed. Previously she had hidden under the bed for hours during thunderstorms and could not be brought out and after the prayer she stood at the door and said, “I used to be scared of these, but I don’t know why.”
A pastor of our homegroup shared how a single Mum had a daughter who just wasn’t sleeping and the whole family was ragged with exhaustion, so every night they began to pray for that girl for half an hour and within 3 days she began sleeping through the night.
The Bible says the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
Maybe you could look at prayer like cleaning, in their natural states, our homes fall into disarray, dust gathers, cobwebs, mould, and in our lives things can gather, sickness,
God has chosen prayer to restore order in the earth.
Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Justice, health, restoration, peace, hope, especially as we begin to understand that Jesus paid for all of this on the cross.
I remember a dream that a lady called Patsy Camanetti had and shared at a conference. In her dream many horrible atrocities were happening to children and the poor in big building and she kept begging God to come and stop it in her dream. The dream kept repeating itself over and over and on more than one night and one day as she was crying out to God, why would he not stop it, he responded that He could only stop it in direct proportion to the prayers of His children.
It is God’s desire to have His goodness follow us all the days of our lives.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6
The word for follow here is the word run after with intent to bless
Another simmilar word, Gimel, is found above Psalm 119:17
I’ve barely skimmed the surface of Scriptures around the topic of restoration, as many of them are in the historical context of the Israelites.
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This is so good Elizabeth. Thankyou for writing out what the Lord is saying.