Summary: This message is included in a series from the book of Job.
“GOD RESTORES” Job 28:1-17
INTRO – “This Old House” – TV show that features the renovation and restoration. Bob Vila was host for many of the 25 years that it has been on TV. They’ve worked on every type of house imaginable – modern style, 1849 Greek revival farmhouse, 1928 brick Tudor, 1865 2nd-Empire style brick townhouse, 1907 Craftmans-style bungalow, 1835 barn, Victorian cottage, even a church. All over the country, coast to coast – Santa Barbara, CA, Boston, MA, Tampa, FL, Tucson, AZ, Honolulu, HI.
Christian life is like “This Old House.” Go through life. The storms beat against us, the sun beats down on us, and the enemy beats us up. Begin to show signs of the stress. Life has broken us down into a state of despair and disrepair. Find ourselves in need of renovation and restoration. Need for the Master Carpenter from Nazareth to step in and go to work. On “This Old House, “they worked on all sorts of houses of all sizes in all sorts of locations. In the Christian life, doesn’t matter who we are, where we live, what we’ve gone through. God is ready, willing, and able to step in and begin His restoration and renovation process. He’ll take all the ugly messes that we’ve made and turn our lives back into something beautiful and useful.
Isaiah talks about God being the potter and we are the clay – “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” The clay starts out as just a ugly lump of clay. But the potter begins to work, patiently, expertly working w/ the clay. He turns it, molds it, squeezes it, sometimes using a firm hand, sometimes a gentle hand. He might use his whole hand or maybe just a fingertip. But He knows the potential of that lump of clay. He sees what it can become as long as it stays on His potter’s wheel and in His hand. Sometimes, the clay gets broken and misshapen. The potter patiently and lovingly works the clay back into a useful utensil – maybe a beautiful pitcher that can be used to help quench the thirst of a thirsty person.
God wants to do this w/ our lives. He sees and knows what we can be. He knows the plans He has for us, the incredible potential that exists w/in us when we are in His hand. He works in our lives, molding us, shaping us, refining us, turning us and forming us. Sometimes He has to use a firm hand, pressing hard against an obstinate area of our lives, a stronghold that we won’t let go of, an area we just don’t want to give up. But He always does it patiently, out of love for us, w/ His plan and purpose in mind for us.
Job has come to the end of his ordeal. He is broken, hurting, dazed, confused, but still holding on to his faith – “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him (13:25).” “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God. I myself will see Him w/ my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns w/in me!” (19:25-27) After all he had gone through, God spoke to him, picked him up, and restored him. His friends couldn’t do this; his former status in the community couldn’t do this; his former fortunes couldn’t do this – only His God could do this for him. Only God could restore Him. And only God can restore you.