Restoration not Devastation

January 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

It’s easy to disagree when it’s all you see around you; elephants or donkeys, Jesus or Darwin, traditional or reformed, McDonald’s or Burger King, scarf or no scarf, Cards or Cubs (this one shouldn’t be an argument, just ask LOU BROCK and Ernie “epic fail” Broglio), but seriously our society promotes contradiction. Don’t believe me? Watch the news and you will know what I mean. However, I think I have found one thing that everyone can agree on………it’s simple really…….I think we can all agree on the fact that we ALL MAKE MISTAKES! Deceiver, fibber, perjurer, false witness, fabricator, equivocator, fabulist, storyteller, these are all words that the dictionary would use to describe people who don’t agree with that previous statement. And if your like me not all have you made mistakes but at times the wheels have come of the proverbial wagon, heck when I was done there wasn’t even a wagon left… was more like a wooden box being drug through a field.

It’s easy to at times to assume that God makes these same mistakes with our lives. Especially when it feels like our life is falling apart. However, we must conclude from the crucifixion that God is perfect and his mannerisms never change (Hebrews 13:8). Thus, if our wheels fall off it has nothing to do with God, but everything to do with us. And in this mindset is were you will find and understand that God is in the business of restoration not devastation.

Here are 4 things that have helped me put the wagon back together (so to speak) in my life and may help you:

  1. Believe that God cares about you (Matthew 10:29-31).
  2. Believe that God has a plan for you (Ephesians 3:20-21)(Jeremiah 29:11) and they are bigger than you can ever imagine. You are not just a sacrificial pawn in his game of eternity. You are an intricate part of history that God wants to use.
  3. Understand that your devastation can be used as a declaration of God’s goodness (Psalm 71:23). Anyone can be declare God’s goodness when things are going great but those who declare his goodness in the midst of pain understand that God is big enough to restore.
  4. Understand that trusting in God means that no matter how good of a plan you think you have… are able to submit it and yourself to God’s plan.

No doubt we are all messy people. We all carry baggage and we all royally screw things up from time to time, but no matter where your mistake derived, God is standing, waiting on us to turn to him.

– Pastor Aaron


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