And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10) These are the words Pastor Dave Roberson prophesied over me many years ago.  

These words came back to my mind when a friend sent me a text. Her text talked about how we ask God for restoration but are not prepared for the process of it. I knew it was truth when I read it.

I have restored many pieces of furniture in my lifetime. I am quite familiar with the restoration process. I always begin by thoroughly cleaning the furniture. Making sure all dirt and debris is removed. Then the paint or stain must be removed. It often takes a strong paint remover to get the paint off. Even then, the restoration is not complete. A deep sanding comes next. I have found if I want the best end results, a power sander is usually required. After all this, I can say it is restored. It is, as you see, a process. 

When we pray and ask God to restore to us the joy of His salvation, we are indeed, entering a process, whether we realize it or not. (Psalm 51:12)

To restore the joy of salvation, the things that have hindered our joy must first be removed. It will take removing all dirt and debris. It will take a washing of the water of the Word. It may even take a good sanding to complete the process. 

The key is to remain in the process until it is completed and keep our hope alive during it. 

Zechariah 9:12 says, Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you. We see from the Word of God, when we remain in hope through the process our God will restore double to us. That, my friend, is great news!

Joel 2:25-26 says, 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. 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

Over and again God has promised us restoration. It is ours for the taking. The question is, will we endure the process necessary for the completion of restoration. God will not force us. It is entirely up to us. Will we endure the removal of all the dirt and debris that has entered our life?  

Will we submit to the washing of the water of the Word? Will we allow God to cleanse us from all unrighteousness? Will we? It is the only way we will see full restoration. 

Isaiah 43:2 says, When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 

For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment. Psalm 66:10-12 

We, as believers, will go through refining times. We will go through testing. There is simply no way around it. However, if we endure the process of restoration, we will be restored. If we go through the fire and the water, we will come out to rich fulfillment. It is His promise to us. As I have said before. We can’t have beauty without ashes. We can’t have ashes without fire.  

I am one of those who have cried out for restoration. I’ve become familiar with the process. I believe many of us are in that time of restoration right now – the process of it. May God remove everything from our life that would hinder us from walking in the fulness of His blessings.  

If I have learned anything from God in the past few years, it is this. Everything in Him is a process. Very few things happen without a process. If we embrace it, His grace sustains us and brings us through. Fighting against the process only brings delay.  

Today if you are crying out for restoration, embrace the process. Embrace the time of cleansing. Embrace the time of removing all debris. Embrace the time of sanding away what needs to be removed. As you do, you will come out to rich fulfillment. God will bring you out to more than you can ever think or imagine. It’s His promise.