As one who is going forth to “set the captives free” we must have a deep TRUST in the word of God that restoration is part of God’s plan not only people but for the earth itself.
The greek word for restoration is katartizo. It means to adjust, finish, to put a thing in appropriate condition; to establish, set up and equip. It also means to bring back to a former condition or position; reinstatement and RESTITUTION.
Restoration truly is God’s plan. We must desire this for our own life and for everyone we encounter.
In the beginning we were created for wholeness, intimate communion with God, safe relationships with others and to reflect His glory.
He wants us to personally press forward for full restoration and bring and that good news to others.
- We were created for:
- Wholeness….not brokenness
- Intimate communication with God and people….not isolation and loneliness.
- To reflect God’s Glory…..not be absorbed by darkness.
In Leviticus 6 we learn that God established regulations regarding restoration at the human level. Verses. 4-6 say that if a person is found guilty of stealing, extortion, or swearing falsely about a matter he must restore full value of what was lost and add 1/5 to it (20% more). That was a basic human regulation regarding restoration.
Now we learn in Job 42:10 That God restored double what Job lost in the extreme trial he lived through. Notice that his personal restoration was tied to his praying for those friends who had accused him, betraying friendship, in his distress.
Let’s get hold of the reality of God’s heart for full restoration! This is a vital truth and part of the good news….the message we bring to those to whom we minister.