God has promised to guide, satisfy, prosper, refresh, rebuild, raise, repair, and restore all those who come to Him.

This sounds unbelievable, I know, but God is a God of increase, blessing, and restoration.

The Bible is full of people who had to be restored, such as Joseph, David, the prodigal son, Peter, the woman with the issue of blood, Lazarus, and the widow of Nain.

But restoration is a process and some steps we can take to help with the process are for us to:

Be willing to let God work in our life. A big part of God restoring is admitting we need Him to do just that and then allowing Him into ALL areas of our lives.

Forgive those who have hurt us (Joseph and his brothers Genesis chap 45)

Ask for forgiveness (Prodigal Son, (Luke 15:17), Peter the disciple (John 21)

God knows you. He knows what has to be done. He already sees any damage, so don’t try to hide from Him.

Let your prayer be, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

IT’S MESSY

Often we have been busy covering up damage with layers and layers of protective techniques. Just like a piece of furniture that has been painted over and over with many layers of paint, it needs to be sanded back to the material underneath. We, too, have to allow God to remove things from our life to get us back to what we are made of.

If you are serious about wanting God to restore you, then allow the “layers” you have put on to be scraped back and sanded smooth to bring out the real you.

That can be confronting. What if we don’t like who we are underneath? It takes courage to allow God to show you what’s really in your heart and mind. But this step leads to transformation.

Psalm 139 says, “For you formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book, they all were written, the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them.”

Today decide to let go of the old and allow God to restore, transform and reveal who He created you to be.

It may be messy, uncomfortable and even confronting, but know that God loves you, and you can trust Him in His grace to work something amazing in you.

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” (Isaiah 58:11-12)

Prayer: Lord, I trust you. Today I put myself in your hands, trusting that you will work in me. Restore those things that are broken, missing or have been stolen. Please help me not to run from you, but to have courage even when you reveal things in me I may not like or that have been hidden. In Jesus Name, Amen.