Recently my husband went to a men’s meeting at church, and the guest speaker shared his testimony of restoration. He grew up as a pastor’s son, and from a young age he experienced loss. He lost being the firstborn and the only child receiving all the attention, later his dog, then friends when his family moved and so on. Because his life was one of a missionary status, they had frequent moves. He grew up angry and resentful, and thus did not get along well with his pastor/missionary father.
As the years progressed, he began using drugs and alcohol and his marriage failed. It wasn´t until much later that he returned to the Lord, reconciled with his father and was able to make amends and turn his life around.
I love these testimonies because it is filled with hope. Hope that yes, we do have a God that sees our pain and failures and we have a God that restores.
This man had to recognize he had a problem and allowed the Lord to work in his life to bring restoration once again.
It wasn’t easy. Habits had to be broken, and he had to intentionally change in many areas of his life.
It took discipline.
But he had something inside of him. He had the word of God. He also mentioned that his mother never stopped praying for him.
It isn’t easy to recognize failure and to apologize and come clean. It takes a strong person to do that. This man had the backing of his current wife, and most importantly, the backing of the Lord.
What was the result?
A new and better life. Reconciliation with his father just before he passed away. A growing ministry, and a heart of compassion and anointing to reach those that have experienced loss.
All of us can learn something from this story.
Allow Father God to turn your failures and weakness into triumphs. He will surprise you, and only He can turn things around and restore what the enemy has stolen.
As the example in this story, it took a strong man to admit his pain and failure, and it was there that when he humbled himself, the Lord raised him up again.