A SPIRITUAL THOUGHT ON RESTORATION
When it comes to restoration for a Christian, it is a big deal. We were once sinners, doomed to condemnation and death, with no hope of salvation or pardon. And then, in God’s mercy, He sent His one and only Son to die on the crooked cross at Calvary and restore us back to Him.
Sin is a thief of everything good that God has given unto man, and according to John 10:10, the devil who is the father of sin only comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus gives life in abundance. Now, the good news to those that have lost time, resources, and everything precious is that there is a promise of restoration.
Joel 2: 23-26 reminds us that God is concerned about us and will restore what we lost. It says, “Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh, your God; for he gives you the early rain in just measure, and he causes the rain to come down for you, the early rain and the latter rain, as before. The threshing floors will be full of wheat, and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the great locust, the grasshopper, and the caterpillar, my great army, which I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied, and will praise the name of Yahweh, your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and my people will never again be disappointed.”
This hope, this life, is what God calls us to, as believers, and is also the good news He wants us to share with everyone around us. Ours is a message of forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration.
Bible Verses About Restoration
Genesis 20:7 – Now therefore, restore the man’s wife. For he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live. If you don’t restore her, know for sure that you will die, you, and all who are yours.”
Genesis 20:14 – Abimelech took sheep and cattle, male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored Sarah, his wife, to him.
Genesis 37:22 – Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.
Genesis 40:13 – Within three more days, Pharaoh will lift up your head, and restore you to your office. You will give Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, the way you did when you were his cup bearer.
Genesis 40:21 – He restored the chief cup bearer to his position again, and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand;
Genesis 41:13 – As he interpreted to us, so it was. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him.”
Genesis 42:25 – Then Joseph gave a command to fill their bags with grain, and to restore each man’s money into his sack, and to give them food for the way. So it was done to them.
Genesis 42:28 – He said to his brothers, “My money is restored! Behold, it is in my sack!” Their hearts failed them, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”
Exodus 22:26 – If you take your neighbor’s garment as collateral, you shall restore it to him before the sun goes down,
Leviticus 6:4 – then it shall be, if he has sinned, and is guilty, he shall restore that which he took by robbery, or the thing which he has gotten by oppression, or the deposit which was committed to him, or the lost thing which he found,
Leviticus 6:5 – or any thing about which he has sworn falsely: he shall restore it in full, and shall add a fifth part more to it. He shall return it to him to whom it belongs in the day of his being found guilty.
Leviticus 25:27 – then let him reckon the years since its sale, and restore the surplus to the man to whom he sold it; and he shall return to his property.
Numbers 35:25 – The congregation shall deliver the man slayer out of the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge, where he had fled. He shall dwell therein until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the holy oil.
Deuteronomy 22:2 – If your brother isn’t near to you, or if you don’t know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall be with you until your brother comes looking for it, and you shall restore it to him.
Deuteronomy 24:13 – You shall surely restore to him the pledge when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his garment and bless you. It shall be righteousness to you before Yahweh your God.
Deuteronomy 28:31 – Your ox will be slain before your eyes, and you will not eat any of it. Your donkey will be violently taken away from before your face, and will not be restored to you. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and you will have no one to save you.
Judges 11:13 – The king of the children of Ammon answered the messengers of Jephthah, “Because Israel took away my land when he came up out of Egypt, from the Arnon even to the Jabbok, and to the Jordan. Now therefore restore that territory again peaceably.”
Judges 17:3 – He restored the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, then his mother said, “I most certainly dedicate the silver to Yahweh from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a molten image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.”
Judges 17:4 – When he restored the money to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and gave them to a silversmith, who made a carved image and a molten image out of it. It was in the house of Micah.
Ruth 4:15 – He shall be to you a restorer of life and sustain you in your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”
1 Samuel 7:14 – The cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath; and Israel recovered its border out of the hand of the Philistines. There was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
1 Samuel 12:3 – Here I am. Witness against me before Yahweh and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Of whose hand have I taken a bribe to make me blind my eyes? I will restore it to you.”
2 Samuel 9:7 – David said to him, “Don’t be afraid; for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your father. You will eat bread at my table continually.”
2 Samuel 12:6 – He must restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity!”
2 Samuel 16:3 – The king said, “Where is your master’s son?” Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem; for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will restore me the kingdom of my father.’”
1 Kings 13:6 – The king answered the man of God, “Now intercede for the favor of Yahweh your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again.” The man of God interceded with Yahweh, and the king’s hand was restored to him again, and became as it was before.
1 Kings 20:34 – Ben Hadad said to him, “The cities which my father took from your father I will restore. You shall make streets for yourself in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria.” “I”, said Ahab, “will let you go with this covenant.” So he made a covenant with him, and let him go.
2 Kings 5:14 – Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
2 Kings 8:1 – Now Elisha had spoken to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise, and go, you and your household, and stay for a while wherever you can; for Yahweh has called for a famine. It will also come on the land for seven years.”
2 Kings 8:5 – As he was telling the king how he had restored to life him who was dead, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, begged the king for her house and for her land. Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.”
2 Kings 8:6 – When the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed to her a certain officer, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.”
2 Kings 14:22 – He built Elath, and restored it to Judah. After that the king slept with his fathers.
2 Kings 14:25 – He restored the border of Israel from the entrance of Hamath to the sea of the Arabah, according to Yahweh, the God of Israel’s word, which he spoke by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath Hepher.
2 Chronicles 24:4 – After this, Joash intended to restore Yahweh’s house.
2 Chronicles 24:12 – The king and Jehoiada gave it to those who did the work of the service of Yahweh’s house. They hired masons and carpenters to restore Yahweh’s house, and also those who worked iron and bronze to repair Yahweh’s house.
2 Chronicles 26:2 – He built Eloth and restored it to Judah. After that the king slept with his fathers.
Ezra 6:5 – Also let the gold and silver vessels of God’s house, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, be restored and brought again to the temple which is at Jerusalem, everything to its place. You shall put them in God’s house.
Nehemiah 5:11 – Please restore to them, even today, their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the new wine, and the oil, that you are charging them.”
Nehemiah 5:12 – Then they said, “We will restore them, and will require nothing of them. We will do so, even as you say.” Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they would do according to this promise.
Job 20:18 – He will restore that for which he labored, and will not swallow it down. He will not rejoice according to the substance that he has gotten.
Job 33:26 – He prays to God, and he is favorable to him, so that he sees his face with joy. He restores to man his righteousness.
Psalm 14:7 – Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When Yahweh restores the fortunes of his people, then Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Psalm 19:7 – Yahweh’s law is perfect, restoring the soul. Yahweh’s covenant is sure, making wise the simple.
Psalm 23:3 – He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 41:3 – Yahweh will sustain him on his sickbed, and restore him from his bed of illness.
Psalm 51:12 – Restore to me the joy of your salvation. Uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 60:1 – For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” A teaching poem by David, when he fought with Aram Naharaim and with Aram Zobah, and Joab returned, and killed twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.
God, you have rejected us. You have broken us down. You have been angry. Restore us, again.
Psalm 69:4 – Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head. Those who want to cut me off, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty. I have to restore what I didn’t take away.
Psalm 85:1 – For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.
Yahweh, you have been favorable to your land. You have restored the fortunes of Jacob.
Psalm 126:4 – Restore our fortunes again, Yahweh, like the streams in the Negev.
Proverbs 6:31 – but if he is found, he shall restore seven times. He shall give all the wealth of his house.
Isaiah 1:26 – I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called ‘The city of righteousness, a faithful town.’
Isaiah 38:16 – Lord, men live by these things; and my spirit finds life in all of them: you restore me, and cause me to live.
Isaiah 42:22 – But this is a robbed and plundered people. All of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prisons. They have become captives, and no one delivers, and a plunder, and no one says, ‘Restore them!’
Isaiah 49:6 – Indeed, he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel. I will also give you as a light to the nations, that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth.”
Isaiah 57:18 – I have seen his ways, and will heal him. I will lead him also, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.
Isaiah 58:12 – Those who will be of you will build the old waste places. You will raise up the foundations of many generations. You will be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Paths with Dwellings.
Jeremiah 27:22 – ‘They will be carried to Babylon, and there they will be, until the day that I visit them,’ says Yahweh; ‘then I will bring them up, and restore them to this place.’”
Jeremiah 30:17 – For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds,” says Yahweh; “because they have called you an outcast, saying, ‘It is Zion, whom no man seeks after.’”
Ezekiel 18:7 – and has not wronged any, but has restored to the debtor his pledge, has taken nothing by robbery, has given his bread to the hungry, and has covered the naked with a garment;
Ezekiel 18:12 – has wronged the poor and needy, has taken by robbery, has not restored the pledge, and has lifted up his eyes to the idols, has committed abomination,
Ezekiel 33:15 – if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that which he had taken by robbery, walk in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity; he will surely live. He will not die.
Daniel 9:25 – “Know therefore and discern that from the going out of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem to the Anointed One, the prince, will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It will be built again, with street and moat, even in troubled times.
Hosea 6:11 – “Also, Judah, there is a harvest appointed for you, when I restore the fortunes of my people.
Joel 2:25 – I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the great locust, the grasshopper, and the caterpillar, my great army, which I sent among you.
Joel 3:1 – “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
Nahum 2:2 – For Yahweh restores the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel; for the destroyers have destroyed them, and ruined their vine branches.
Zephaniah 2:7 – The coast will be for the remnant of the house of Judah. They will find pasture. In the houses of Ashkelon, they will lie down in the evening, for Yahweh, their God, will visit them, and restore them.
Zephaniah 3:20 – At that time I will bring you in, and at that time I will gather you; for I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says Yahweh.
Zechariah 9:12 – Turn to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope! Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.
Matthew 12:13 – Then he told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out; and it was restored whole, just like the other.
Matthew 17:11 – Jesus answered them, “Elijah indeed comes first, and will restore all things;
Mark 3:5 – When he had looked around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as healthy as the other.
Mark 8:25 – Then again he laid his hands on his eyes. He looked intently, and was restored, and saw everyone clearly.
Mark 9:12 – He said to them, “Elijah indeed comes first, and restores all things. How is it written about the Son of Man, that he should suffer many things and be despised?
Luke 6:10 – He looked around at them all, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did, and his hand was restored as sound as the other.
Luke 19:8 – Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much.”
Acts 1:6 – Therefore when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?”
Acts 3:21 – whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets.
Galatians 6:1 – Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren’t tempted.
Philemon 1:22 – Also, prepare a guest room for me, for I hope that through your prayers I will be restored to you.
Hebrews 13:19 – I strongly urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you sooner.