Restoration of Fortune

Jeremiah 30:18-24

Remember the date, June 12, 2009?  Probably not.  That was the federal deadline for the nation’s television broadcasters to go “all digital.”  If you recall the event at all, you probably recall the consumer confusion about whether they had the right TV or whether they need to buy a converter box or not.  Getting the word out that those “rabbit ears” were to become a thing of the past became quite a challenge for the government.

Early in 2009 the FCC announced that it spent about $350,000 to sponsor a car for three NASCAR races in hopes of raising awareness.   As one newspaper columnist put it:  “Government officials no doubt imagined the golden moment when a NASCAR announcer cried:  “It’s the Digital TV Transition–over the finish line in record time!”  What happened?  In the first race, the car hit a wall.  In the second, it crashed and burned.  Fans got to hear commentary along the line of:  “Well, it looks like the Digital TV transition is going to have to be towed off the track.”  (This foreshadowed the transition date which was originally Feb. 17 being moved to June.)

Israel was like that hapless car.  Such high hopes!  Wonderful potential!  Such dismal results.  Kind of like the story of us all.  We are all born cute, adorable and with great potential.  A few laps around the track later we are beat up, out of the race, in much need of repair.  Our message?  Our purpose for the race?  It is not so much a statement as it is a punch line.

But there is hope…  Just as God promised:  “I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and have compassion on his dwellings.” (30:18)… He has promised us restoration as well.  Philippians reminds us:  “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (1:6)

My dad loves to work on old hot rods.  He finds them in dilapidated condition and when he is done with them, in some ways, they are in better condition than the original.  I’m pretty sure the ’40 Plymouth didn’t have a cd player in the dash.  God is in the restoration business as well.  He wants us repaired, restored and re-entered into the race of life.  And he promises that a transition will take place.  The agony of defeat will be replaced with the joy of praise.  “From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing.” (Jeremiah 30:19)  Let God do His perfect work in you.

Can’t wait to get to heaven to take that victory lap!

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