"O God, restore us...
O God of hosts, restore us...
O God of hosts, restore us."
Psalm 80:3, 7, 19
God is a "Restorer." He has the ability, He has the capacity, He has the desire. "Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord" (Malachi 3:7). And when the Lord returns to us, He does so as a Restorer, a Deliverer (see 2 Samuel 22:2), and a Redeemer (see Psalm 19:14). It's His nature, He is a re-builder (see Ezra 1:3, 5; Nehemiah, chapter 2).
The following are two promises that are radically significant:
"And we know that God causes all things
to work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose."
I see three things of vital importance:
1. "All things." God has the capacity to work "all things" together for good. That would include sin, suffering, evil, mistakes, curses...all things. AMAZING!
2. This is a "conditional" promise applicable only to those who "love God." All things DO NOT work together for good to those who do not love God. Thus, the tragic world we live in.
3. This is a "conditional" promise applicable only to those who seek and serve God's purpose. All things DO NOT work together for good to those who are self-serving, self-indulgent, me/myself/and I type people.