Sunday: January 19, 2020
Isaiah 49:6 The LORD said to me, “I have a greater task for you, my servant. Not only will you restore to greatness the people of Israel who have survived, but I will also make you a light to the nations-so that all the world may be saved.”
Restoration could refer to renewal, revival, or reestablishment. In other words, it always connotes an intention, desire or the actual process of returning something to its former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition. At least, that is how the dictionary defines this word. And I am tempted to believe God is aware of this definition hence the updated the contents of a mandate He had given earlier.
From every angle, we will realise that the word restoration is always associated with ‘a fix’ or a previous loss because something that is in excellent condition, does not require a restoration. Therefore, while the initial plan was only to restore, God saw beyond this step and renewed the mandate under the instruction ‘become a light to the nations’
Therefore, there was a focal shift from fixing broken things to prevent those things from getting broken in the first place. For where there is light, whether just visible light or the light of the Word of God, paths are illuminated and thus can be followed. Consequently, missteps, over-steps and a lack of movement entirely attributed to zero visibility are eliminated. If there are no accidents, then nothing breaks requiring restoration.
Beloved, restoration is now a very specialised area with only a handful of restorers existing in Art or Architecture. For the Christian, Christ has completed our restoration to our initial state. Thus, what our world needs now is an abundance of illumination, not just masses of restorers.