Jeremiah 33:7-8 NASB

“I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel and will rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me.”

Have you ever taken a tattered, old, or filthy item and attempted to transform it to its original beauty? Today I once again went to work scrubbing a pot that was scalded some months ago. (My cooking caught fire!) Off and on I’ve scrubbed this out, let it soak, scrubbed again, soaked again, and usually got tired and gave up for a while. Later, I would get re-motivated and return to do the whole process again. I keep scrubbing because I think this pot has value. I keep scrubbing because I have a purpose for which I wish to use this pot again. Although sometimes I wonder if it’s with it, seeing part of it come clean encourages me to keep going. While some may view this pot as ruined and a waste of time, I see it for what it could be, not what it is.

I am encouraged that God sees us this way too. He is a God of restoration. He sees us as we are, filthy with sin, as well as what we could be, beautiful and useful.

When Jeremiah spoke of Israel and Judah having their land restored, he was speaking of a time when God would restore it after it had been ransacked, burned, and in ruins.

Do you feel like your life is in need of restoration? Or do you know someone who might need to hear the good news of how God restores? Pray for God to restore you to be a useful servant to bring restoration to others too.

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