When Peter began to doubt, taking his eyes off of Jesus, the LORD “stretched forth his hand, and caught him.”
“And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.” Matthew 14:29-32
When His child Peter began to faint, “And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.” What does this show us of the nature of our LORD? Does it not reveal is willingness to restore His own?
This is a vital component of understanding the nature of the LORD.
“I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 36:36
The LORD makes it clear here that He loves to “build” the lives of those who have been “ruined” by circumstances, sin, attack, and persecution.
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3
When His people were back0slidden, the God of restoration said He would restore them because He loved them. God reveals Himself as the LORD of restoration. This truth we see throughout the history of mankind, Israel and in the New Covenant for all peoples (Matt. 11:28-30; Mk. 2:17, Lk. 15, etc.). History clearly reveals that restoration/reconciliation is the LORD’s first and foremost will.
“For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:7-8
I am in no way prepared to be used by the Master if I don’t clearly possess the revelation that the Son of Man came to save not destroy men’s hearts and lives. In reality, you and I have no ministry, God does. He utilizes us as “ministers of reconciliation” inasmuch as (to the degree that) we can and will to possess the mind of Christ – which first and foremost is restorative love.
Why did the Son of God come to the earth? Can we allow Him to answer that?
“For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” Luke 9:56
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17
Let us now pray to possess the mind of Christ, for a heart of restoration, that is, as He is restoring our lives daily, that He will use us to help others be restored to Him as we forge ahead in vital union with our Savior and LORD.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual (spiritually mature – realizing that God is a God of restoration), restore (don’t condemn) such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
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