Monday, February 4, 2013
a restorative hope
For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.
God's promise to the people of Israel was restoration, both nationally and personally. He would restore the fortunes of the nation. He would ease the suffering of His people. And this would happen on an individual level. His restoration would be complete for everyone.
This promise is given as a generation is exiled. This is the hope to hold on to with all their faith. God would restore. A new covenant would come to those who would return. Weary people would find rest. Empty souls would be filled. God would turn sorrow into joy and emptiness into fulfillment by His loving, providing hand.
God gives hope when there is none. He renews. He rebuilds. He restores. That has been God's relationship with humanity ever since the Fall when sin entered our lives and came between us. God takes the initiative and forgives repentant sinners. He provides the means for their atonement. He reaches to us even in our deepest pains. I'm thankful God's love is restorative. It is my firm and faithful hope!