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God Restores the One Who Messed Up

Day Two – God Restores the One Who has Messed Up.

Hey there! Welcome. I’m so glad you are here. We are on the second of a five-day reading plan investigating the question: Can God restore me? Today we are looking intently at who God restores, particularly the person who has really messed up. Thankfully we have plenty of biblical examples.

Let me tell you about the structure. First, you will be introduced to the Scripture for the day. The devotional material will follow. Today is I am deviating somewhat. I have listed the references and embedded the most important verses within the text as you read. It just seems to flow better. At least you have a choice.

You can also enjoy a version of Can God Restore Me? at Bible.com or on the app, YouVersion. The benefit of finding it here is that we have the flexibility, added Bonus Material, and community with one another.

Let’s get on with the day.

Scripture

Exodus 24:9-11; 32:21-24; 27:21; 28:1-3; 29-30; and Exodus 39:27-30

Devotional: God Restores the One who has Messed Up.

The Bible is chock full of narratives portraying individuals who really messed up. Today our focus turns to Aaron, the brother of Moses. Why look at him? Well, Aaron is more like us than we would like to think. He blew it, and he knew better.

Aaron was what we might call a Spiritual Elite. God had chosen him to lead. He was serving in a prominent position, and the people revered him. Scripture describes him as the mouthpiece between Moses and Pharaoh. Privileged was this man to be on the platform as one announcing the Word from the Lord. If all this were not enough, previously Aaron had been selected to go up the mountain into the very presence of God (Exodus 24:9-11).

Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank. 

Aaron in the Midst of the Awesomeness

It was in the midst of all that awesomeness and honor that Aaron blundered (Exodus 32:21-24).

Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought such a great sin upon them?” And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” 

This trusted pillar botched it to the degree we would have exercised church discipline at a minimum, unfriended him from all social media platforms and blocked his number. Within a short stent of leadership, Aaron caved to the people’s demand to forsake the Lord and made idols for them to worship. He was like a sympathetic substitute teacher who allowed his class to run amuck, subsequently aiding their bad behavior. Then he lied about his participation in the theatricals to cover up his failings.

A Lousy Leader

Aaron proved to be a lousy leader and undeserving of responsibility involving the worship of God. Ironically, in the middle of Aaron’s gross offense, God was preparing to give him the priesthood (Exodus 27:21; 281-3,29-30)!

You shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive oil for the light, that a lamp may regularly be set up to burn. In the tent of meeting, outside the veil that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the LORD. It shall be a statute forever to be observed throughout their generations by the people of Israel. 

“Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests—Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him for my priesthood.

So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the LORD. And in the breastpiece of judgment you shall put the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be on Aaron’s heart, when he goes in before the LORD. Thus Aaron shall bear the judgment of the people of Israel on his heart before the LORD regularly.

God in the Midst of the Blunder

Oh, how I wish we had the backstory! I want to hear the exchange. Can’t you imagine Aaron’s own repulsion of his wickedness? Think of the shame, the embarrassment and the problems that could haunt him for the rest of his life–all stemming from his weakness demonstrated in those nauseating moments? There is no possibility of being restored from his perspective. He is too far gone.

But there in the midst of his shattered shards of failures and regrets poses the infinite wonder of a God who forgives more than He should and entrusts more than we would.  Where we brand ourselves “Unworthy,” wallowing in shame and defeat, God offers restoration. Aaron is given a new identity: Holy to the LORD.

And they also made the coats, woven of fine linen, for Aaron and his sons, and the turban of fine linen, and the caps of fine linen, and the linen undergarments of fine twined linen, and the sash of fine twined linen and of blue and purple and scarlet yarns, embroidered with needlework, as the LORD had commanded Moses. They made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote on it an inscription, like the engraving of a signet, “Holy to the LORD.” Exodus 39:27-30

For those of us who have experienced the weightiness heralded by our own blunders, thinking our use to God is null and void, there is hope.

God restores people like Aaron who really messed up.

He will restore you, too.

Cheri

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Can God Restore Me?

Day One: Is God Willing to Restore Me?

Welcome. I’m so glad you are here. You have arrived at the First Day of a five-day reading plan investigating the question: Can God restore me? It’s a really important question that many hold deep within, and may only have the courage to ask themselves. Here, we are just going to get it all out in the open. And if the dialogue here brings up more questions, don’t hesitate to post them. Let’s be a community that helps one another in the struggle.

Let me tell you about the structure. First, you will be introduced to the Scripture for the day. The devotional material will follow. You can also enjoy a version of this reading plan at Bible.com or on th

e app, YouVersion. The benefit of finding it here is that we have the ability to add Bonus Material and communicate with one another.

So let’s get started.

Scripture

from the end of the earth, I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, Psalm 61:2

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. Psalm 71:20

“I will strengthen Judah and save the tribes of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them. Zachariah 10:6, NIV

Devotional Material – Is God Willing to Restore Me?

It’s a legitimate question. Can I be restored? Me–a person drowning in selfishness? Can a mistake-ridden, routinely faithless and habitually untrustworthy gal like me be offered the prospect of a fresh beginning, again? Am I even worth the trouble?

The more personal and piercing question might be, “Is God willing to restore me?”

Would He WANT to do it in the first place?

Not only is this a legitimate trail of questions to ponder, it’s a haunting one.

How many times have you heard similar accusatory notions floating through your own thoughts? You can’t just dismiss them. Oh, you and I can cover them up with our To-Do lists or blaring music. But the pain is searing when that little voice whispering inside communicates, you might not be worth it.

What do we do when we feel we are too far gone or when we fear we might have done “it—that dreaded sin” one too many times? Maybe we have been too irreverent for a holy God; too overcome by our own failures to find hope; or too defeated to raise our heads? What if we feel we are too wrecked for God to restore?

We trust in the unfailing truth of the Bible.

The Psalms identify with our human frailties and point us in the right direction. We learn we are not the first to feel this way or the only ones to ever encounter defeat, faithless living, sinful behaviors and a sense of hopelessness.

When our hearts are faint, we can look to “the rock that is higher” than us (Psalm 61:2). To God, we can cry out, and He hears us (Psalm 34:17). And when it comes to restoration, David assures us, “He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:3). Literally David attributes God as enabling his life to return to him. He also restores that part of him that can become exhausted, worn out, anxious or broken down due to the heaviness of continually facing whatever life brings (Psalm 71:20). David assures us it is God who restores, bringing back the vigor. Within a few chapters, he cries out for God to do it AGAIN!

What we learn from David is that if you are feeling like you might not be restoring potential—convoluted with defeating thoughts communicating you might not be worth the trouble—there is hope.

Hope is here because Your God restores.

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3 Things to Remember When You Feel Defeated

3 Things to Remember When You Feel Defeated

Podcast #65

Welcome to the podcast! Oh my goodness! It’s been a crazy week–filled with all sorts of technical difficulties! I’m on my third computer since May. The keyboard on the brand new one started dying and it went downhill from there. It all fits into today’s discussion on the podcast because I’VE GOT DEADLINES! These problems are nothing but defeating! One of the most common experience shared with other women today is discouragement. Somehow we still get suprised by the derailements and forget there is nothing unusual happening. Before we become totally hopeless, today we are going to talk about three things to remember when we are feeling defeated to help pivot our perspective.

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Are You Where God Wants You?

Are You Where God Wants You To Be

Podcast #56

My daughter and I were having a late night conversation. Actually, I was listening. It was mostly introspective about what had been and how those experiences might shape her present and future. I wondered what had triggered all those deep evaluations and efforts to move forward. But something similar happened to me as I was reading my Bible today. I came across a passage where I had all sorts of notes written to the sides with dates. It caused me to ask a question that I want to pose to you: Am I where God wants me to be?

So I started thinking about this question. How can we recognize if you and I are where God wants us to be? Although it may prove different for everyone, the Bible can help bring clarity to this question for every believer. Today, in the She Yearns Podcast, that’s what we look at. I wanted to take one example that draws out this question and then help apply it in our everyday life.

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Allow me to invite you to become a subscriber to the She Yearns Podcast by going to any of the providers and signing up for the RSS feed to have it automatically updated to your device! It’s basically ONE CLICK! And it doesn’t use any extra memory and really makes life easier.

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Cheri

Why the Resurrection is Believable

Why the Resurrection is Believable

Podcast #55

With the week of Easter of upon us, I just didn’t think I would have time to get a new episode together, but these thoughts continued to circulate through my mind and heart. Sharing them here was a must. Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christianity is reduced to just another religion. Jesus becomes a good teacher or at best, a prophet. The resurrection changed everything. What makes the resurrection of Jesus believable? And how can knowing this make an impact in your daily life? That’s what we are talking about in today’s episode of the She Yearns Podcast, Why the Resurrection is Believable.

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Thank you for listening.

 

Cheri