Old cars, antique furniture, historic buildings, ancient works of art, and even broken relationships. What once was considered worthless, hopeless, and perhaps beyond recognition can be restored, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, and returned to its former state … or better.
Psalm 23:3 says, “He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” So, why would we sheep, whose every need is met by the shepherd, need restored? Because, each of us was born with a sin nature. Our ideal relationship with God was damaged once sin entered the world. And once again, our Shepherd stepped up to meet our need. By dying for our sin, Jesus paid the price and took on our punishment. He made a way for us sheep to have a restored relationship with the Father/Shepherd.
But still being sheep, we tend to wander off, think we have a better plan, and doubt His goodness. Not having the best sense of direction, we usually head straight for trouble. The loving Shepherd, in His mercy, comes to search for us (Matthew 18:12) and if we allow Him, He sets us back on the right path.
Walking with Him, day by day, the Good Shepherd transforms us pathetic humans (sheep) and gradually restores our hearts, souls, and minds. “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10).
See you next Wednesday with Psalm 23, verse 4.