through His Word
Repairer. Restorer. Those names can be attributed to God. He rebuilds people’s lives and restores their souls. He has the perfect power and love to do it. But did you know that He has given those names to us?
Isaiah 58:12--what a beautiful verse! Part of our life’s work as believers in Christ is to contribute to the building of God’s kingdom, to raise up the foundations of a Christ-centered life, to be agents of rescue.
Read Isaiah 58 for one of your quiet times this week. It is beautiful chapter about God’s transforming work. When we turn from our sinful ways and embrace His ways of love and goodness (Isa 58:6-7, 9-10, 13-14), He will heal us, protect us, hear us, guide us, satisfy us, and strengthen us (Isa 58:8-11). What will be the result of God’s transforming work in us? He can use us to rebuild.
This chapter, like the rest of Isaiah, was written to God’s people in Judah. Their sin would cause them to go into captivity, and their beloved city, Jerusalem, would be devastated by the Babylonians. But that’s not the end of the story. After seventy years of captivity, God would bring them home, and He would enlist His people to repair what had been damaged, to restore what had been desolated.
God restores us. After sin’s damaging effects have left us broken, crushed, and desolated, there is still hope. When we turn to God and embrace His ways, He transforms our brokenness into strength, our defeat into victory, and our desolation into beauty. Only He can do it. As He rebuilds our lives and restores our souls, we become more useful to Him and His kingdom work. Then we can share the truth we have learned and the love we have received with others, and God can use us to bless people’s lives and souls.
As you cooperate with God’s work in your life and He restores your soul, seek God’s help and direction to be a blessing to others, to build up what has been broken, or to restore a crushed spirit. God’s love and light are not treasures to keep for ourselves but to share with a broken and dark world. When God enlists us as a “Repairer of the Breach” and a “Restorer of Streets to Dwell In,” may our mission match His—to love and do good.
To learn more about God’s transforming work in our lives and 7 ways to cooperate with Him, check out Isaiah: Setting Things Right by Beebe Kauffman. Covering the first 6 chapters of Isaiah, it shows us how God sets things right for us on a personal level—in our hearts, minds, and daily lives. Click the link to also see my review of the book. I loved it and still need the principles I discovered!
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