December 3 | Revelation 22:1-5
Promise of Restoration
by Mary Alice McGinnis
Just a few short months ago, hurricane Ian devastated the state of Florida, leaving destruction in its path. We all saw the haunting photos and videos of the catastrophic impact of this storm and the devastating losses. Rebuilding homes, towns and business after hurricane Ian is expected to take anywhere from six months to several years.
Perhaps you have experienced personal tragedies, life-shattering losses, that have left you feeling broken and beyond repair. Sometimes they are a result of our own mistakes. Other times it is from the hurts of others. Still other times, it is just a result of living in a broken world.
When we grieve, there is an overwhelming sense that life will never be the same again.
How long does it take to repair our hearts and souls after such tragedies? It seems that just when we begin to see our way out from under one catastrophe, another one is right on its heels.
In the book of Genesis, God’s creation was always and ONLY good! Water gushed from the earth, in just the right amount, and it lavishly provided life giving nutrients to all the plants so they thrived. The trees and plants perfectly nourished all God's creatures, animals and humans.
What is the most beautiful, lavishly lush place you have seen in your life? Amplify that awe striking scene in your mind. Picture it a thousand times more beautiful, more lush, more captivating, more gloriously radiant. Can you picture what the “perfect” Garden of Eden must have been like?
Don’t we long for such a place?
God came, embodied in the infant Jesus, so He could break the curse of sin and death. And He is now the “Lamb” who sits on the Throne of God. And He is coming back for us in His FULL GLORY!
Did you notice what flows from His throne?
Revelation 22:1 – “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
John was witnessing the restoration of Eden! When Jesus comes again, this is what God promises WILL HAPPEN! Everything will be perfectly restored to Eden’s glory!
RESTORING is entirely different than repairing or replacing. It’s deeper - more transformative, more permanent. It is returning it to its original beauty, glorious radiance and purpose!
What else is promised?
No more curse - Perfect Restoration
His Throne the center of life - Perfect Kingly providence and provision.
His servants will serve - Perfect Purposefulness
Will see His face - Perfect Intimacy with God
Name on foreheads – Perfectly Restored Id