Restored


One of my favorite shows on television is on the Velocity channel. The show is titled Overhaulin’. Its star is renowned automobile designer Chip Foose. The show revolves around an old beat up car being taken from unsuspecting car owner usually through some trick such being stolen, lost at a shop or towed by the local police. The way that a person gets on the show is through one family member nominating or writing into the show. Once selected, the unknowing owner’s is restored to a custom designed. At the end of the show, the owner and the car are reunited.

Restored and reunited are two concepts that I want to focus on over the next few days. In most circumstances, we like to see things restored. In the case of the car, we can truly envision an old car being transformed into a beautiful transformed vehicle. The 1965 Chevy Bel Air below is an example of an overhaul.

The reality of something old and in some cases not functional appeals not only to me but to many others. That’s why shows like Overhaulin and other shows on HGTV are so popular. We like to restore things because something old or not useful receives a new lease on life. Likewise, as people, we love stores about people being restored. The bible is replete with examples of peoples’ lives that have been Restored.

Joseph is one of my favorite characters in the bible. His life is filled with Restored moments either for others or for himself. We know that Joseph ended up in Egypt because he was sold by his brothers. In Genesis 40, we see restoration happening in the life of another. Joseph had been given the gift of interpreting dreams. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. He had them imprisoned. Joseph was in the same prison in which they were incarcerated. While there, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker both had dreams, but they could not infer any meaning from the dream. Joseph, through the ability God gave him, interpreted their dreams. The interpretation for the cup-bearer was that he would be restored to his position in three days; however, the baker was hung. Joseph’s interpretations came true just as he told them.

Joseph, who himself had been imprisoned, hoped that the cup-bearer would remember him when he got out and returned to Pharaoh. In this instant, his hope was not satisfied. He remained imprisoned. We all have situations where we desperately want to be Restored. The greatest from which we need to be Restored is our adversarial relationship with God. Romans 5 tells us

“6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

God’s reconciliation Restores man to himself. Without it being Restored, we are doomed to just fade away just like the old car. Appeal to the LORD God to receive your overhaulin.

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