“And He said, Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind and earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; And after the earthquake a fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice.” (1 Kings 19:11-12 amp)
The wind, the earthquake, and the fire were great feats but they were also destructive. They tore apart the mountains, broke up the rocks, and God was not found in their power. God’s voice was full of peace–of stillness; a settledness. God’s power is great but it is often missed because it is often the opposite of what people expect. God is a God of power but not destruction. Instead His power is restorative. That is something that is continually missed.
That’s why the people could not see Jesus for what He is. They expected a destroyer, a conquerer, but Jesus was a teacher of Peace and spoke of only Love–God’s Love. Even in His most famous “fit”–driving people out of the temple–He was removing the desecration and disrespect the people had brought into it. He was restoring the temple to its rightful use, a place to seek and worship God.
” And Jesus went into the temple (whole temple enclosure) and drove out all who bought and sold in the sacred place, and He turned over the four-footed tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who sold doves. He said to them, The Scripture says, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers. And the blind and the lame came to Him in the porches and courts of the temple, and He cured them.” (Matt. 21:12-14)
All the buyers and sellers in the temple had made it impossible for those who truly needed God’s touch to seek Him in the sacred place. By driving all those people away, Jesus made it possible for those in need to come and be restored.
“The God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you…” (1 Peter 5:10 CSB)
This verse is speaking of the suffering that Christians all over the world are going through. Verse six tells us who our adversary is, the one who is bringing all the suffering and destruction upon us is the devil. We all know that Satan comes to “kill, steal, and destroy.” (John 10:10) Jesus comes to restore, to bring life in abundance. (John 10:10)
Jesus brought about the ultimate restoration. Adam and Eve destroyed the holy connection between man and God when they chose to sin. Jesus’ act of sacrifice restored that holy connection for everyone.
How has God brought restoration to your life? When we look for God, do we look for Him in the destruction or do we look for Him in the restoration?