The theme of Jer. 33:3-9 is found in the word “restoration.” I believe there is a powerful truth waiting to manifest in our lives through our understanding of what it means to be restored. When I studied this word in the scriptures, I found a pattern that unleashed something very strong in my spirit.
Psalm 117:20 says He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Destruction is a pretty miserable word. The people of Israel were definitely at a point of destruction when the prophet Jeremiah spoke these words in Chapter 33. Destruction means to bow down to superiority or to wallow in that superiority or the superiority of someone else. There are only two other times in the Old Testament that the root for this word destruction is translated this way. Aside from Psalm 107:20, Lamentations 4:20 also mentions destruction. The word used there is pits . Israel was definitely in the pits.
The absolute opposite of destruction is restoration. We all know that whatever God intended and created, Satan has a counterfeit. But whatever Satan has, God has a fix for it. Whatever the devil does to you, God has an answer. In Jer. 30:17 God says to His people, I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds. Out of the pit of destruction. God has promised to restore you.
Satan comes to destroy you, to make you bow down to sin, sickness, poverty, and disease to the point of destruction to your life. Hosea 4:6 says My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Another way of translating that is to say My people are being pulverized beyond recognition. Much of Christianity has been pulverized beyond recognition. Many Christians have been so pulverized by Satan’s schemes of attack it is hard to even recognize the Christianity left in them.
But God’s opposite word is available to you. The word restore means to ascend, to rise up. That is the
exact opposite of bowing down. When Satan wants us to bow down to the effects of sickness or to the
effects of sin, remember God wants to see us restored.
Restore also means to continually convert, deliver, bring back home again, recompense, recover, relieve, return, rescue, retrieve or reward. God
says He will restore. He wants us to recover. He wants to bring it all back. He wants to exalt us, to elevate us, not for the sake of our being exalted, but to further our destiny in Him. When he restores us, we can go on ministering or preaching or dong whatever it is we are called to do.
How are we restored? The answer is stated simply in Jeremiah 33:3, Call to Me, and I will answer you. We have to reach out and call upon God. Not only do I believe God can restore us, I believe He watches over his Word to perform it. Nothing else can restore us. And this is the confidence that we have in Him, He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of him I John 5:14, 15
Even when Satan has sent destruction your way, God has restoration. He is our God of restoration.