Dwelling in Restoration

 

Did you know God had regrets? We have all heard God doesn’t make mistakes or God doesn’t make junk and whatever else fun little pick me up quote people can think of. However, the bible itself tells us differently. Flip with me to Genesis 6. Take a few moments to read this chapter…go ahead! I’ll wait.

 

Genesis 6:5-8 tells us:

                “When the Lord saw that human wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every inclination of the human mind was nothing but evil all the time, the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth and he was deeply grieved. Then the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I created, off the face of the earth, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky—for I regret that I made them.’ Noah, however, found favor with the Lord.” CSB

 

The people of the world had fallen away from God, but God gave a way for restoration. This path to restoration was not comfortable, it was not a 40-day cruise on a ritzy yacht. It was long. It was smelly –but God was there, and God restored the world. He restored his people because ONE man found favor with the Lord. Many years after the arc God again gave us a way to find restoration with him. He gave us a choice to repair and restore our relationship with him. Through the love and grace of His Only Son.

 

No matter if we have been dwelling in the mud and mire for 40 days or 40 years. He is waiting to restore us. He is waiting for us to dwell with him instead.

One of my favorite passages found in scripture comes from Psalm 40. My bible titles this psalm as “Thanksgiving and a Cry for Help”. Verses 1-3 say “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” NIV

The CSB version says “…desolate pit, out of the slimy clay…” – Have you ever felt like you were sinking in a slimy pit and doesn’t mud and mire just sound so dramatic??? But sometimes those dramatic words are the only thing that fits!

  1. What regret are you holding onto?
  2. Do you miss the days when a band aid and a kiss made everything better?
  3. Is there a relationship in your life that needs reconciled? Have you prayed about it? Have you been reconciled with God?
  4. Re-read Psalm 40:1-3. What kind of picture does this passage bring forth in your mind? Share a picture or written description with us in the comments!
  5. Proclaim that God will meet you in your regrets! He will lift you out, repair your hurts (way better than a band aid) and bring forth full restoration in Him! Type and share below “I, (your name) will not dwell in this regret! I will allow God to lift me from this pit, repair my hurting heart and restore my relationship with Him before others!

Thank you, God!! Open our hearts and minds to hear from you!!

Join me back here Thursday where I will share a video and talk a little more about the meaning of regret and restoration!

Until then, gather your people and dwell together in Him!

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