"Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." 2Kgs 19:30-31.
There are many kinds of losses and nobody, but nobody escapes the clutches of a few while they are on this earth. It could be financial, physical health, employment, a friend or loved one, a relationship or a pet. Perhaps it is spiritual--loss of vitality, emotion or commitment in our relationship to God.
Our suffering and loss is the result of the curse mankind is forced to bear since Adam and Eve made that fatal mistake. Problems and heartaches are a part of life for all humanity. No one escapes. But our losses don't have to be fatal. God has made a way of restoration, no matter how terminal our losses may appear.
Consider the following examples: When our original parents sinned, God promised that Eve's offspring would crush the head of the enemy. Noah and his family went into the ark expecting complete destruction, yet knowing that they were responsible for a fresh start on the earth. When God destroyed a multitude of the children of Israel in the wilderness wandering, there were still millions to enter the Promised Land.
The law required that every 7 years all debts were cleared, giving those burdened with financial woes a fresh start. God provided for the poor among the Israelites by requiring gleaners to purposely leave some of the harvest behind in the field. The nation of Judah was taken into Babylonian captivity, all the while God promising a remnant would be blessed to return to the homeland.
It is obvious that God takes care of His children's physical needs and provides for them, in even the darkest of circumstances. But what if the loss is spiritual?
God promises that His word would not return to Him void. Nurture the seed that was planted within you when you first accepted Christ. You will begin to see it grow and bear fruit once again. Don't give up. Sometimes we allow a lot of weeds to grow, but be assured you will be in full bloom again. Just keep weeding. Provide plenty of water and soak up the Son.
In His great love for us, God provides a remnant for His people. There is always hope. Our Father provides us a way of restoration, rejuvenation and revival. God takes care of His own. There is always new seed to plant again.
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