Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Daily Devotion: Restoration

"The Night Watch" by Rembrandt van Rijn, Source: Wikipedia, Public Domain

Bible Reading: II Kings 5:20-27; 8:4

Key Verse: Verse 11 Kings 8:4And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.”

Key Words: And the king talked with Gehazi

Gehazi is a perfect picture of God’s restoration…healing him and putting him back in His service. We do serve a great God Who does restore.

A few years ago, an angry man rushed through the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam until he reached Rembrandt’s famous painting “Nightwatch.” Then he took out a knife and slashed it repeatedly before he could be stopped. A short time later, a distraught, hostile man slipped into St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome with a hammer and began to smash Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture The Pieta. Two cherished works of art were severely damaged. But what did officials do? Throw them out and forget about them? Absolutely not! Using the best experts, who worked with the utmost care and precision, they made every effort to restore the treasures.

By His grace, God can bring good out of our failures, and even out of our sins. J. Stuart Holden tells of an old Scottish mansion close to where he had his little summer home. The walls of one room were filled with sketches made by distinguished artists. The practice began after a pitcher of soda water was accidentally spilled on a freshly decorated wall and left an unsightly stain. At the time, a noted artist, Lord Landseer, was a guest in the house. One day when the family went out to the moors, he stayed behind. With a few masterful strokes of a piece of charcoal, that ugly spot became the outline of a beautiful waterfall, bordered by trees and wildlife. He turned that disfigured wall into one of his most successful depictions of Highland life.

God can and will do the same for you if you’ll return to Him and ask Him to restore you and make you whole, not for your good but for His glory.

What to do:
✞ Be a restorer, not a destroyer.

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