Here is Daniel’s devotional:
Have you ever seen one of those car restoration shows on TV where they take an old dilapidated car that’s rusted out from bumper to bumper, that they found in the back of some junkyard, and it looks like it was destined to rust back to dust. But then a crew of master mechanics rescues it and tows it back to their shop and they get a vision for restoration to bring the car back to its glory days.
In a matter of a couple months, they bring that old bucket of bolts back from the dead and restore it into something brighter, bolder and better than it had ever been before, in many cases even better than when it first rolled off the car showroom years before.
God is a Master Restorer as well, but He doesn’t restore old cars He restores the lives of broken men. Most men who have lived some time on this Earth and have put in some long miles on this life, probably have made many mistakes and have had some “accidents” in their life. Perhaps early on in life they thought they could do anything, they were young, vibrant and full of vitality destined to change the world but after being knocked around a time or two by the hard knocks of life they may feel they are left in some back lot of the junkyard just rusting away feeling like their purpose is done and gone and they are not good for anything. Life can steal your shout and rob your roar if you let it; by either going through the motions of the mundane or dealing with blow after blow of hardship.
However, The Restorer of our souls has a vision for broken men. He desires to make them better men than they were ever before. If you allow God to work on you, he will cut out the rusty parts of your life and restore them with bright shiny new parts.
And when God has fully restored and renewed a man, the world has to take a step back and hear him roar with love, kindness, and meekness.
When was a difficult season in your life that gave you some dings and dents?
What areas do you need God to cut out the “rust” in your life and restore?
How do you want to shine bright for Christ as a fully restored man of God?
Here are the scriptures referenced:
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord , and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God , thou knowest.
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God ; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
Ezekiel 37:1-10 KJV
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1 Peter 5:10 KJV
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psalms 51:10-12 KJV
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 1:6 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
Can I just go ahead and raise my hand?
I was that young boy full of life who got knocked down, felt broken…worthless and hurting from shame and guilt. But…GOD!
He stepped in. He did take away parts of me but what he restored is so awesome. I love the newness of heart! He forever changed me but is still tinkering, washing and waxing me so that when I get to heaven I will shine like the SON!
Create in me a new heart, O God!
You shout that out and God will start moving. It may be painful at times. But trust me…if you trust Him and His plan…oh boy! My, how ones outlook can change on so many levels!