Not Built To Last

Day 5 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Made New “I will be joyful in God my Savior”


Habakkuk never saw the restoration in the land of Judah that he had hoped for.


Instead he saw a different kind of restoration. A kind of restoration that would take time and patience.


During joint replacement surgery, the surgeon must first remove the old and diseased pieces. However, health does not begin the moment the surgeon removes those diseased parts. New materials have to be inserted to replace what has been removed. These replacements will feel new and different. They won’t be like your old knee or hip – but they will be better than the painful, worn out bones. 


God removed the people of Judah through the Babylonians, but His work was not finished. Even through the destruction, God had victory in mind. But it would be a slow and continual process of renewal that would require perseverance. 


The kingdom of Judah, a place of grief and brokenness, would eventually become the site where Jesus endured ALL suffering by dying on the cross and thereby securing our salvation. 


Amazingly, in Revelation, John describes a complete reversal of Habakkuk’s grief: “the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband,” (21:2). 


Over and over in Scripture, God explains that one day, we, the Bride of Christ, will be fully restored.


After your surgery, you will go through the recovery portion of this journey. And it will most likely be a slow and continual process of renewal. 


But restoration will come. It may not look the way you think it should but rest assured that while our outer self may be wasting away, our inner self is being renewed each day. Because true and final restoration only comes from God. 


In the end, He will make each of us to be a new creation in Him. 


Today, let God know how thankful you are for His work in you. Ask Him to create a new creation in you so that you may be made whole in Him.