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God cries, “Restore!”

October 1, 2011

In prepping for the tomorrow’s sermon, the Lord led me to Is. 43:18-21 which only spun off into so many other rich scriptures of God’s new work among His people.

God desire to see the wildernesses opened and watered is poignant today where many live in their personal wilderness, not always of their own making, and they need access and new life. Just doing a short Google search on jackals and ostriches was interesting and then to read how God will take those “beasts” and bring them to honor Him.

God’s heart is so tender towards the injustices that abound in our modern life today. So many people live disenfranchised, deprived of power, in so many arenas of modern day life. I hear on the radio so many voices calling out to our government, who they claim “has the power“, to make the needed changes but these changes need to start within us first. How can we ask Washington, DC to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves?

After so many years of living in West Africa I have come to profoundly believe that unless God transforms us, there cannot be any true development. What can a new clinic do if mothers and fathers haven’t grasped the fashioning of a child in God’s image, and the intrinsic honor and value that goes along with that image. How many children will continue to suffer depredation and loneliness despite the presence of new schools, clinics, and better markets. The change starts on the inside, only by the awesome creational power of the Creator Himself, a power both demonstrated and heralded upon His resurrection. Is there a better answer to death than life? We live in a creation, both within the confines of our physical environment and our human nature, that is tainted by futility. What a disgusting word, ‘futility,” to a purposeful and Divine God. And so I read in Is. 43 His heart’s desire for restoration, or better yet, resurrection. God asks in Is. 42:23, “no one says, “Restore!” Who among you will give ear to this? Who will listen and hear for the time to come?

I do.

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