Restoration for a purpose

The word restoration is a popular one in Christian circles. As Christians, we all have one area or the other in our lives where we need God’s restoration. The importance of restoration was brought home to me during the 2017 end-of-year service. As a church, the Lord spoke to us from the story of Samuel and Saul in 1 Samuel 9. In this story, the donkeys of Saul’s father had been lost. Saul was sent off with a servant to look for them. After a while, Saul wanted to go back home as he was concerned that his father would stop worrying about the donkeys and start to worry about them. The servant however, encourages his master to go and see a prophet who turns out to be Samuel. They eventually meet Samuel who then said the following:

 As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line? (1 Samuel 9:20)

Samuel was effectively saying to Saul, not only have the donkeys been found or restored to Saul’s father but the desire of the Israel was focused on Saul. To understand the context of Israel’s desire , we need to refer back to 1 Samuel 8:6

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.

The Israelites, in wanting to be like the nations around them asked God for a king. Their desire was to have a king to rule over them. Thought He was displeased, God was to give them their heart’s desire

About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”

So back to the theme of restoration, I am sure many of you can relate to me.  When I lose something, until it is found particularly if it is something that has been lost in my immediate vicinity, then my whole attention is focused on finding it. Even if I don’t find it at that moment, it’s always at the back of my mind. Similarly Saul was focused on finding and restoring his father’s donkeys.

However, to focus only on restoration of the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father is a story half told. There is a further dimension to this story and it is found in verse 17

When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”

Saul came to the prophet to ask about his father’s donkeys that were missing but restoration was actually a pointer to his future prophetic destiny. The challenge for us is simply this. What has been misplaced, lost or taken our attention and needs restoration so we can pick up our prophetic destiny? Once we have experienced God’s restoration, what is the prophetic destiny that we need to pick up? I pray that as we move further into 2018, the Lord will restore all that we have lost so that we can serve God better. Remember that like Saul, there are people waiting to be served and ministered to as we pick up our prophetic destiny.

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed



About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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