There are many stories of restoration in the Bible but I think the story that sticks out the most to me is the story of Job. Job was a Godly man who was so faithful to the Lord that God allowed Job to go through a few trials. One day Satan came to test Job's faithfulness to God, Job went through a lot of loss in his life, He lost nearly everything he had! Animal's, his friends, his family, his fortune, it was all lost!
But Job praised God yet again, even though he cried at times and felt abandoned he knew that God was with him! Job never denied God even though he questioned him at times of trouble! In many ways this happens to all of us at some point in our lives, Sometimes we must go through trials and certain tests, that is part of life and sometimes it seems like God isn't answering our prayers fast enough and we question him for that! But the things is, God wants us to become desperate for him! God is only wanting us to seek him more! God is simply wanting us to talk to him for a while, God is a wonderful listener, you know!
But I've found out in my life that while we are worshipping and seeking God's face.. GOD IS RESTORING! God is restoring every broken thing in your life as you seek him, He is healing your broken heart, He is restoring your finances, God is even healing your family! When hard times come into our lives we must remember the story of Job! He cried out to God until he answered him! Job never gave up on God's plan for his life, even though he could have even lost his own life, Job wasn't going to give up on his God!
When life is pushing at you hard, Push back even harder! Praise God no matter how big the storm is! It may be raining in your life right now but think of how big the harvest will be once the rain stops! Prepare your fields for a mighty harvest! God's going to restore all the things you've lost as you seek him with your whole heart! You may feel as though God has left you right now in your life, But I'm here to tell you that God hasn't abandon you, God is waiting for you to praise him, God is waiting for you to tell him what you need in your life! Worship him and don't give up on God..But praise him until your need is met! Ask and it shall be given unto you!
(Job 42:12-13) "And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkey's. He had also seven sons and three daughters."
See here, God restored everything in Job's life! But he blessed him even more than before! Job not only had everything returned to him but his life was fuller than it had ever been before! Let this encourage you, that it's not over at all in your life! God is only wanting you to worship him through the pain and trials you are facing, And he wants you to tell him what your need is, If you have a need..ask him for that need! You'll see it happen in your life sooner than you could even imagine if you become faithful to him! Even if you've lost your way, start today! Start anew and give tomorrow to God and don't look back! Run toward God and leave behind this world! there's an old song that comes to mind here to me.. "though none go with me, still I will follow, no turning back, no turning back!"