One of the key Bible verses that speak of restoration is Joel 2:25- 27 NKJV
25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten; the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust; My great army which I sent among you.
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame
27 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame
This whole concept of ‘restoration’ fascinated me as the logical follow-up from last week’s blog post because many of us are contending and praying for the restoration of ourselves, our families, and bloodlines. I was mind blown as the Holy Spirit led me to study exactly what this promise of restoration entails.
According to the Concordance, the word ‘restore’ is Strong’s Number H7999, whose transliteration is šālam. It’s a verb that can mean:
• to be complete, to be finished, to be ended
• to be sound and uninjured
• to make safe figuratively (in mind, body or estate)
• to make whole or good
• to make compensation, pay, requite, recompense, reward, to repay
• to complete, to make an end of
• to be performed
It also means to be in a covenant of peace, which is described in Ezekiel 37:26-28, with emphasis on verse 26
26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put My sanctuary among them forever.
This covenant of peace is between God and man – an alliance of friendship and a divine ordinance with signs or pledges. This alliance of friendship and divine ordinance has as its sign peace, whose pledges are shalom. Shalom, in this instance, means:
• Completeness, soundness, welfare or peace
• Completeness in number
• Safety and soundness in body
• Welfare, health and prosperity
• Peace, quiet, tranquility and contentment
• Peace from war
• Peace and friendship of human relationships
• Peace and friendship with God, especially in covenant relationship
God’s restoration is full. I pray that from these simple definitions, you now have an idea of what COMPLETE restoration looks like and how far prayers for restoration really extend.
As a final note, may this song minister to and bless you as you continue to contend for the fullness of restoration of your family and bloodline by His Spirit.
Don’t stop contending. It is God who turns into good everything that is meant for evil against us in order that many people would be kept alive (Genesis 50:20 AMP)