“‘At that time I will bring you in, even at the time when I gather you together; indeed, I will make you famous and praiseworthy among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes,’ says the LORD.”
One of my kids’ favorite movies growing up was “The Goonies.” These kids discover this hidden pirate treasure deep within the underground coves beneath their city. Of course, you have to throw in some bad guys who are also trying to get the treasure. It is a humorous and suspenseful movie that ends with the bad guys getting caught and the kids getting rescued. The big “fortune” wasn’t achieved, but they were returned home.
Zephaniah ends his book by sharing God’s final words to His people. He is bringing them back in. He is gathering them home. He even tells them that others will praise them as He makes their name known. Then He tells them the best news. He is going to restore their fortunes. That is really saying, according to the Hebrew text, that He is going to return all the captives. They are coming home!
What have you lost and are waiting on it to be stored? Maybe it is your health. I can relate to that, having gone through two stem cell transplants. Perhaps it is your financial stability. You may have lost a job or lost money in the market. You may be the parent of a wayward child that you are waiting to return. We all have something in our lives that we want restored.
Probably my most favorite verse about restoration is Psalm 51:12. “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit.” Of course, Psalm 51 is David’s prayer to the Lord, begging forgiveness and restoration.
Before you throw stones at David, why do you need restoration? We have all fallen short, haven’t we (Romans 3:23). Our Lord is a Lord of restoration. He desires to restore us just like He did in the days of Zephaniah. One big difference we have is Jesus. His Son is the instrument of restoration. Whether you are coming to Him for the first time or the tenth, He will restore you to the place you need to be.
I am so thankful for Your powerful restoration in my life. I praise You for bringing me back to You.