The God Who Restores

by Nathan House

 

One of the great blessings of Christianity is the concept of restoration. A powerful image of restoration is found in the book of Ezekiel. God showed Ezekiel a valley full of very dry bones, and asked him, “‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know’” (37:3). All life had long gone out of those bones, but God promised something amazing and powerful. God promised those bones that, “I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live” (37:5). 

The people of Israel had lost all hope of restoration. They cried, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost, we are indeed cut off” (37:11), but God wanted them to understand that He is a God that restores. God wanted them to see this promise come true and, “know that I am the LORD” (37:6,14). 

God demonstrated that He would restore these bones and the nation of Israel by sending a vision to Ezekiel. Ezekiel wrote, “So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army” (37:10). God wanted His prophet and the people of Israel to understand that He is the God who restores. 

In the same way that Israel needed to understand that there was hope in the LORD, there is still a need today to understand that there is hope of restoration in Him. He brings spiritual life to those who are dead. Paul wrote, “even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ…But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:5,13). The same God who restored hope and life to Israel in the book of Ezekiel, can restore spiritual life to all those who are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Do you need to be restored? Do you need the hope of life that comes only in Christ? Is our congregation in need of spiritual restoration? Have we become cold and indifferent? If so, remember that words of Jesus himself when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). Jesus, we ask you to restores us again!