A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, January 16, 2014
“Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; renew our days as of old.” – Lamentations 5:21
There is a definite correlation between the extent that we allow God to turn us back to Him, and the depth that we are restored. The cry of our heart should be for God to turn us back to Him. We should hunger for new levels and new heights of being turned back by our loving and restoring Father. Every step we take, in allowing our Holy Father to turn us back to Him, is a degree and depth in which we are restored to our original likeness; which is the likeness of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Hebrew word for both “turn” and “restored” is shuwb (pr. shoob) which also carries the same meaning “answer, home again, carry again, deliver again” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Every time God calls us, and we hear His voice and respond, our loving Father is turning us back to Him. And as we turn in the direction of His voice toward home, our Creator carries us and delivers us once again.
With every step of turning, our days of old are renewed. These “days” are our yowm (pr. yome), meaning “full, life.” To “renew” these days is to chadash (pr. khaw-dash) which is “to be like new, cause to rebuild.” According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, to “rebuild” is “to restore to a previous state.” As we turn to the Father to be turned by His mighty hand, our very being and our very days are redeemed and restored to their original state, which is how we were created before the fall of humankind. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you” (Jeremiah 1:5a). For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” (Psalm 139:13-14).
The Hebrew word for “old” as used here is qedmah (pr. kayd- maw) which are the “eternal and eastward” days. Ira Milligan, in his book “Understanding the Dreams You Dream” ( © 2010) writes that the eastward direction is that of blessings when turning back to God; and references Psalm 103:12, which testifies the beautiful promise of our forgiving Father assuring us that “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
My brother and sister, do you need to experience the refreshing and restoring breath of your Father to blow off those things which have caked on you, are weighing you down, and causing you to crack? Then call to your Father, cry out to Him, to turn you back with His loving hands and into His fortified arms.
Father, we call to You right now, we cry out to You to turn us back to You and we will be restored, and our days made as of old, which are full of life and newness. Breathe on us right now, Holy Spirit of God, with Your forgiving, refreshing, and restoring wind. Take us into your deeper waters, where our restoration is waiting. We love You, Father. In the name of Jesus, we thank You for turning us back so that we can move forward in the image You have created us and in the way you have called us. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to make calling out to the Father to turn you back to Him a daily practice. Look forward to wading deeper into His gentle waves of restoration. Allow your Holy God to refine, restore, and renew you; even if it may be uncomfortable and even painful at times. And continue to fight the good fight of facing eastward; for God, your East Wind, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.