Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 4, 2015

“O God, restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 8:1-6.

“1 Now Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go with your household, and sojourn wherever you can sojourn;  for the Lord has called for a famine, and it will even come on the land for seven years.”  2 So the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God, and she went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.  3 At the end of seven years, the woman returned from the land of the Philistines;  and she went out to appeal to the king for her house and for her field.  4 Now the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Please relate to me all the great things that Elisha has done.”  5 As he was relating to the king how he had restored to life the one who was dead, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and for her field.  And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.”  6 When the king asked the woman, she related it to him.  So the king appointed for her a certain officer, saying, “Restore all that was hers and all the produce of the field from the day that she left the land even until now.”   2 Kings 8:1-6.

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The son of the Shunammite woman died.

But, there is hope! 

God restored his life to him.

The Shunammite woman lost her land after she abandoned it to live in the land of the Philistines for seven years during the famine in Israel.

But, there is hope! 

God restored her land to her.

We too face seemingly hopeless situations.

But, there is hope for us too! 

God restores. 

“He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.”  Psalm 23:3.

“The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed;
In his illness, You restore him to health.”  Psalm 41:3.

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.”  Psalm 51:12.

“O God, restore us
And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.”  Psalm 80:3.  See similar “chorus” verses Psalm 80:7 and Psalm 80:19.

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