2 Chronicles 24:4 Restore God’s Temple

Some time later Joash decided to restore the temple of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 24:4

Restoring old things is a passion for some people. Some will take old vehicles or old homes and work to make them like new again. Depending upon how damaged an item is, will depend upon how much work it takes to get it restored.

Once the item is restored like new, it can bring about great joy to the one who did it and to others around. Many can enjoy seeing something that is looking and being like it is supposed to be.

Joash had become king of Judah and decided to restore the temple of God that had been neglected.

The temple of God that Joash had chosen to restore was a physical temple that was where God had chosen to make Himself known. It was to be the center of the lives of the Israelites, the place where they could find out God’s will and give Him praise. It was where they could offer sacrifices for their sins.

Once God destroyed the nation of Israel, the physical temple was destroyed. After Jesus came, believers would become the new temple of God, each and every individual.

Sometimes believers choose to step away from God and walk a life of sin. They allow sinful practices to come into their lives, destroying the temple of God. In the same way that the original temple was able to be restored, believers can be restored.

Repentance and a change of heart that turns back to God is restoring the new temple of God, turning away from sinful practices that crept in. It is choosing to obey God’s commands and do His will in every area of one’s life. It is worshipping and serving God with one’s life.

As a believer, you are a temple of God. Your whole life should be fully dedicated to God for His use and glory.

You may have allowed some sinful habits to slip into your life, defiling the temple of God. Although this may have occurred, God is ready and willing to help you get restored as His holy temple.

Make the choice to repent of your sins and turn back to God. He will forgive you and fill you with His presence. You can be the holy temple of God that God had purposed for you to be in this fallen world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the holy and consecrated temple of the Lord; that you repent of any sins against God; that you will live to do God’s will; and that you will worship and honor God with all that you say, think and do

1 Kings 12:24 Obey God And Avoid Vengeance

This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing. So they obeyed the word of the Lord and went home again, as the Lord had ordered. 1 Kings 12:24

No one likes anyone to do anything wrong to them and will fight back very quickly. When something is done wrong, people are very quick to fight back to make things right and get vengeance. All that is seen is the wrong that had been done. Seldom is the greater picture seen.

God had begun to split the nation of Israel. Some of them were willing to go and fight against other Israelites. God told them that this was his doing and for them to go back home and not fight. They obeyed God and went home.

Being wronged by someone can be very painful and draw out anger against them. People will often desire to strike back and get vengeance for the wrong that was done. In the process of seeking vengeance, many will also do something wrong that gets them into more trouble.

Instead of seeking vengeance, believers must be willing to seek God’s direction in what to do. It is God who is truly in control and knows what the next best move is. He is ready to guide a person on the correct path. He sometimes using pain and suffering to bring about His good, such as when Jesus died upon the cross rather than get vengeance.

Taking the path God leads and obeying Him may sometimes seem painful and unfair, but it leads to greater rewards in the end. Kindness and forgiveness may lead others to repentance rather than war, destruction and ultimately death.

There will be times when others will do wrong to you, and you will desire to get vengeance. Before you strike back seek God’s direction by His Holy Spirit. Be willing to obey God and do what His word commands.

Do not allow yourself to be so angry that you take the path that the world will urge you to take leading only to temporary satisfaction, sin and death. God will use all things to bring about His will in your life to give you life that will last for eternity, not death.

How willing are you to obey God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God’s direction in your life; that you will obey God over the ways of the world; that God will strengthen you to turn from vengeance for wrongs done; and that God will reveal the bigger picture in your life.

2 Samuel 14:14 God Seeks To Restore The Banished

Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him. 2 Samuel 14:14

Banishment of a person is known to occur with nations, schools, businesses and other places. Families are even known to banish certain family members or other people from their lives. When a banishment occurs, it is often for life, with no hope for restoration. It is done as a punishment for some wrong that was done.

David had banished Absalom from the kingdom. Through the prophet Joab, a lady told David that God does not banish a person forever but works to restore him in desire to have Absalom restored.

Many people have fallen away from God because of some sin in their lives. Some churches have even banished some of these people. They feel that they are banished forever from God, that there is no more hope for them, and God hates them with an eternal hatred.

Believing that God hates oneself is believing in a lie from this fallen world and the devil. God’s love is perfect and eternal. He does not want to banish anyone from Him for eternity, but wants to forgive, restore and give eternal life. It is because of His intense love for all that He sent Jesus to die upon the cross to be able to forgive and give life.

Unlike the world, God made a way to keep a person from being banished for eternity. All a person must do is be willing to accept that way. In order to receive this restoration by God, all one must do is repent of all sins and believe upon Jesus Christ for salvation.

If you have fallen into sin and allowed yourself to distance yourself from God, He has made a way for you to return. Though the world says you are banished forever, God is waiting for you to return to Him. As long as you have breath in this life, you have a way to return to God.

Be willing to repent of any sins you have done and return to God. Receive the forgiveness that Jesus offers so that you may have the abundant life He has promised to give you.

Will you remain banished in sin, or will you return to God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will seek God with all your life; that you will know God’s forgiveness; and that you will be restored to a close walk with God.

1 Peter 5:10 Restoration Is Coming

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10

Over time older homes begin to wear down from all the storms that have occurred. Pain chips, leaks in the roof, holes in the walls, shifting foundation, and more wear the house down.

Some people will just tear the old house down to build a new one. Others, seeing great hope in it, will restore it, making it strong, safe, and secure.

As Peter brings his letter to a close, he tells the people that after having to suffer for a while, God will, in His grace, restore them, making them strong, firm and steadfast.

Lives of people are often just like an old house. In the storms of life, they break down and wear down, getting weary and worn out.

Life as a believer is not always easy. There are the normal struggles of life that every one goes through, plus there is the suffering for being a believer. All of these struggles take a toll on the life of a believer.

Some will lose hope and just quit, tearing down what was left of their life as a believer. They forget that Jesus will return some day and restore them. Restoration that God promises may happen in this life, but if not it will definitely happen in eternity in heaven.

Everything that a believer goes through is for the purpose of building him up in Christ, making him stronger, more firm and more steadfast than ever before. This is for his own life and to be a witness and strength to others.

Instead of giving up, the believer must hold on to the hope that Jesus will return and restore him.

You may feel worn down, tired and of no value, due to the struggles and suffering in your life. Do not allow yourself to give in and quit. Look forward to the hope you have in Christ Jesus.

This life and its sufferings are only temporary. Soon Jesus will restore you and make you strong. These sufferings will only help to make you more firm and steadfast in your belief in Jesus and your witness of who He is.

Hold on to the hope you have of restoration in Christ Jesus your Lord and Savior.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you in times of suffering; that God will restore you to full strength; that you will be firm and steadfast in Christ; and that you will know the hope you have in Jesus.

Zechariah 9:12 Return To Your Fortress

Fortress on a cliff

Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:12 

Fortresses are places of security, safety, and provision. People strive to build all of these things with the ways of the world, bigger houses, careers, bank accounts and more. These things are built up in hopes of a more secure future.

All of these provide a false sense of what people are really desiring. Each of these are temporary and will fade away or can be quickly removed.

Zechariah gives a call to the Israelites to return to their fortress. As they return, they will also be restored with twice as much as they had lost.

Believers are living in a fallen world and have often become prisoners of this world. They can get caught up in what the world sees as important and strive after those things. Rather than looking up to God, they look outward to people and the things of this world.

When Zechariah made this call, he had just prophesied about Jesus coming. Jesus, being God, is the fortress that everyone can run to. He is a firm foundation that everyone can stand upon.

God is a God of hope, salvation, and provision. The world and sin has tried to take away the joy and hope of salvation from believers.

When the believer returns to God, his fortress, he will get twice as much as what was stolen from him restored–twice as much joy, grace, salvation, hope, peace, and provision. These are things that will last for eternity and cannot be taken away.

Jesus has broken the chains of sin and bondage so that every believer can return to the fortress of God to have a hope that lasts for eternity.

Over time you may have allowed the ways of the world trap you into thinking as the world does. You may have allowed yourself to get trapped into seeking all of your needs as the world does.

It is not too late, you can turn around and return to God with all of your heart. Go to the fortress of Jesus and be restored. God is ready and willing to restore all that has been lost and more due to running with the world.

God loves you and is full of mercy and grace. Allow Him to be your fortress in this fallen world as you wait for His return.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will be your strong fortress; that you will live by God’s ways of living; and that you will see God restore all that has been lost in following the world’s ways.