Nahum 2:2 “For the Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, even though devastators have devastated them and destroyed their vine branches.”
Have you ever restored a piece of furniture? My grandmother had a 1908 Thomas Edison Diamond Disc Victrola which she left to my mom. It stands about 4 feet tall with cabinets for the records and the speaker horn. It has the handle on the side to wind it so it can play. My mother gave that to me because I had restored it for her. It was covered in a thick dark varnish that wouldn’t allow the original cherry veneer to show. When I finished, it looked like new.
In today’s passage Nahum is describing the restoration of Judah after it has been destroyed. He says God will restore the “splendor of Israel.” Can you imagine how encouraging those words were for the people? They had lived through the devastation of the city. They had seen friends and family murdered. And now they are promised restoration.
Troubles come. Isn’t that encouraging? But the Lord has promised those who love Him that He will restore us. Now, this is a truth we must teach our children. We must teach them to trust God’s eternal plan. When all seems lost, God is there. When all seems hopeless, God is there. He promises that.
“But Carl, you don’t know what we are going through.” Nope, sure don’t. But neither do you know what I have gone through. We teach our children to trust God by not only living it out ourselves, but also helping those around us who are going through hard times. As God uses us to minister to others, we are fulfilling His plan for them. Let your children be a part of that.
Whatever you are facing right now, trust God to restore you. It may be a quick fix or it may be a long process. During the testing, allow Him to open your eyes to the lessons He wants you to learn. There is always something to be learned.