One of the things that I love most about God is that He is a good of restoration. He is a God that returns, that restores, that gives back. God is a good that sees the brokenness in life, the brokenness in our lives, and gives joy for the pain, hope for the loss, and laughter for the tears.
Listen to what we are told today in Jeremiah 31: 12-13:
12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall become like a watered garden,
and they shall never languish again.
13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
Jeremiah writes as things are starting to go really bad. Babylon is getting ready to destroy Jerusalem. The Jews will soon see the Temple destroyed and will be carried away into exile. There are going to be some tough days that are ahead for them.
And so God gives the people this reminder. It will be ok. It will.
Yes, there will be tears, but they will be replaced with laughter.
There will be sorrow, but it will be replaced with gladness.
He will turn our mourning into joy. He will redeem what evil has taken.
He will restore what has gone wrong.
What a word of hope today! Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be dismayed. Don’t give up because it has gone wrong. God will restore.
Be hopeful today. Remember that good is coming. God will restore. Don’t stay mired in darkness today. Look to the light. Look to the good. Look to the hope.
God will restore. Don’t ever forget that, especially when it is most dark.
God will restore.