• The Cleansing of God’s People Devotional

    Zechariah 13

    In light of the incarnation and the cross, we know that the true shepherd to whom Zechariah refers is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. Struck for the sins of His people, Jesus is tied inseparably to the final restoration, for without His ministry there can be no renewal of creation. In Him there is preserved a remnant that is being tested and purified. We are a part of that remnant by faith alone, and we look forward to our full and final refinement. View Resource

  • Mourning Over the Pierced Lord Devotional

    Zechariah 12

    Today’s passage says that the full restoration of all things cannot happen until the Jews recognize their Messiah. John Calvin seems to have held this view, and many others have taught it as well. In any case, Zechariah is teaching that physical renewal cannot occur without true spiritual renewal of all of God’s covenant people. That is why missions and evangelism are so important. As people turn to Christ, we get closer to the time when the restoration of all things will occur. View Resource

  • God’s Jealousy for Zion Devotional

    Zechariah 8:1-15

    God has promised to bring full restoration in the new heavens and earth. This is an unconditional promise—it is certain to happen no matter what individual men and women do. Yet this does not mean that all men and women will enjoy this restoration. Our participation in these blessings is conditioned upon faith and repentance. Only those who trust in Christ alone will inherit the earth. Do you place your hope in life and in death in the person and work of Christ alone? View Resource

  • The Latter Glory of the Lord’s House Devotional

    Haggai 1:12-2:9

    In one form or another, God’s people will suffer under the exilic conditions of pain and difficulty until Christ returns. The exile of the Jews from the Promised Land is ultimately a picture of the exile of all humanity from the garden, and as with full restoration to the Promised Land, full restoration to the garden and face-to-face fellowship with the Lord will not occur until corporate repentance occurs—until all of the elect come to faith. Let us pray daily that this would happen. View Resource

  • God’s People Fail to Repent Devotional

    Daniel 9:1-19

    Daniel’s prayer that God would not forget His promises of restoration is not based on the inherent goodness of the people but purely on the Lord’s mercy (Dan. 9:1–19). He asked God not to deal with the people as they deserved but to show grace and restore them despite the widespread failure to repent. If we learn nothing else from this prayer, it is that we can never demand God’s favor as if He owes us His kindness. Instead, our plea must always be for His grace and mercy. View Resource

  • The Holy City Devotional

    Ezekiel 48

    The New Testament makes it clear that we are living in the period of restoration when God is calling His children back to Himself. Jews and Gentiles alike are hearing the gospel and running to Him in faith. Each of us who believes in Christ has an appointed inheritance—the whole earth (Matt. 5:5). Each of us is being transformed so that the Lord can dwell among us permanently at His return. We now taste these blessings in part, and we look forward to their full realization in the age to come. View Resource

  • Hope Amid the Ruins Devotional

    Lamentations 3:22–33

    The necessary response of a holy God to sin is wrath, not love. That means that the Lord’s choice to love His people is not the same as His choice to pour His wrath upon the impenitent. His choice to issue judgment is a necessary one based on the nature of the one being judged. His choice to love us is unnecessary and based wholly in Himself. We can trust Him to love us even when we fail and know that nothing—not even ourselves—can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Destruction and Restoration Devotional

    Jeremiah 16

    When the Lord first called Israel out of Egypt, He had not yet given them His law and their sin, however gross, could not measure up to the sins of later generations who knew and wantonly flouted God’s law. To save a people who knew and openly violated the Lord’s commandments would take a greater mercy and display more power than salvation from Egypt. If this was true of the restoration from exile, how much more true is it of the abundant salvation we have been shown in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Micah’s Trust in the Lord Devotional

    Micah 7:1–10

    As God’s people were surrounded by their enemies, Israel and Judah often heard these nations asking, “Where is the LORD your God?” (Mic. 7:10a). Because these enemies conquered Canaan with little resistance, they thought Yahweh was absent from His people. But Micah saw that the faithful remnant would one day look on these enemies after the Lord trampled them underfoot (v. 10b). That is our hope, for at the last day Christ will set His people over their foes (2 Tim. 2:11–12a). View Resource

  • The Good News of God’s Reign Devotional

    Isaiah 52:1–12

    Restoration requires faith in the Lord, but we are not able to muster up in ourselves faith that will persevere to the end. We need an atonement that covers even our unbelief, and God must create in us new hearts, granting us the faith He demands (Eph. 2:8–10). When the Lord changes a person’s heart, that person puts his faith in Him, for this is the natural response of a new heart that is inclined toward Him. But that heart—and thus the faith that springs from it—is the gift of God. View Resource

  • Cyrus, the Lord’s Anointed Devotional

    Isaiah 45:1–13

    It might be a clichè to say that we should “expect the unexpected.” Yet because God is fully sovereign, there is a real sense in which we should expect Him to act in ways we have not anticipated because His decree controls what happens, not what we think His decree should be. This truth is comforting, for it means that the Lord can do what we might consider impossible, not the least of which is to save His people without compromising His justice or mercy. View Resource

  • The Savior of God’s Blind Servant Devotional

    Isaiah 42:18–43:7

    Today’s passage reveals divine election, for Isaiah speaks of a people who are precious in God’s eyes (43:4). This is not due to any good in them, given that the people are still blind to their sin (42:18–25). Instead, the Lord, for His own good pleasure, chooses to restore a lost people. This restoration of Israel is happening in Jesus Christ, and we who believe in Him have been chosen by God not because of any goodness in us but because the Lord has graciously willed to love us. View Resource

  • The Glory of the Restoration Devotional

    Isaiah 35:5–6

    Christ Jesus our Lord is God’s agent of renewal, the one through whom the Spirit is poured out and whose work on the cross redeems creation. But we cannot benefit from this work, nor can we see Jesus as the fulfillment of Isaiah’s promises, without trusting the Savior. Calvin writes, “The eyes cannot see what is right, and the ears cannot hear, and the feet cannot guide us in the right way, till we are united to Christ.” Let us pray that our union with Christ would be strengthened. View Resource

  • The Hope of Restoration Devotional

    Leviticus 26:40-45

    God’s grace to His people in the restoration is shown in two primary ways. First, He provides His Son to fulfill perfectly all the requirements needed for Him to restore all creation. Second, He elects a people to salvation, guaranteeing that they will repent and believe in Him, thereby ensuring that His promises will be kept. As the gospel goes forth and people repent and believe, God is restoring His creation and will consummate it in the new heaven and earth. View Resource

  • Good News of Life Devotional

    Isaiah 25:1-9

    Jesus’ promise of eternal life to all those who believe the gospel was not new with His arrival, for it was promised by God throughout the history of Israel. All of God’s people in every generation have known that faith in Him will be rewarded with a life that can never be lost. Understanding that we are safe in His arms forevermore enables us not to be afraid to stand firm for Him in all things. View Resource