How to Restore Your Losses

by Andy Wood on September 19, 2008

in Five LV Laws, LV Cycle, Principle of Legacy, Waiting

(Note:  I make no claims to be a prophet, so I write this with a bit of fear and trembling.  But I believe a day of restoration and change is coming to a significant number people worldwide.  Pardon the timing, but it has little-to-nothing to do with the upcoming elections.  I haven’t had a stirring in my spirit on this level in more than 10 years.  For reasons I’ll explain next week, all I know to call it is the day of the Second House.  Make no mistake about it – these are heady, often stressful times.  Things that can be shaken will be, so that the things that can’t be shaken will remain.  But those who hear God’s call, trust God’s heart, and courageously obey God’s direction will enter into a season, like Israel, when their latter glory will be greater than the former.  This post and the next one will serve as an introduction to that.)


It was January 3, 1993 – more than 15 years ago – and it remains the greatest comeback in NFL history.  At halftime the Buffalo Bills, their starting quarterback injured, trailed the Houston Oilers with mighty quarterback Warren Moon by a score of 35-3 in an American Conference playoff game.  Backup Frank Reich led the team to a stunning upset.  The score:  41-38.

Most of us aren’t football players, professional or otherwise.  But we all experience adversity when, like the Bills, our backs are pressed against the wall.  Sometimes we’re beyond distress; we’re beaten.  These times of adversity almost always involve losses of some kind:

  • money (how ‘bout them markets?)
  • friendships
  • joy
  • health
  • dreams
  • family

LifeVesting?  Designing your future?  Ha!  To quote the pained psalmist in slavery, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137:4).

No one in the Bible experienced that more than Job.  Losses?  He lost everything he had, except his wife.  Sudden, deep, searingly-painful losses.  But we often fail to read to the end of the story.  The Lord restored Job’s losses, and his latter days were greater than his former days.

Job lived his own day of the Second House.  The same could be true of you.

Let me offer a few observations:

1.  God restored Job’s losses.
It was Job himself who declared that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away.  If you’re looking for a comeback in your life that somehow bypasses the sovereignty, the blessing, and the authority of God, do a Google search for politicians or online gambling, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.  Maybe the government will bail you out, too.

If you’re looking for restoration that somehow answers all your questions about why good people suffer, again, let me save you some time.  You will never have that kind of question answered to your satisfaction by anybody but God.  And His only answer to Job, after dozens of chapters of Job’s railing against Him, was, “I am God and you are not, and that’s all you need to know.”

2.  The restoration took time.
How long?  Long enough to have 10 more kids!  That tells me that God has his timing.  But contrary to what we often imagine, God’s timing doesn’t always mean waiting and waiting and waiting.  In His timing, the Lord often shows progress along the way.

Can’t you imagine the day Job’s first Second-house baby was born?  What a day of incredible joy.  I’ve got to believe that his four “theological arguing buddies” were hanging out somewhere outside the house, waiting for the sound of that happy cry, ready to rejoice with their righteous friend.  And yet who would have thought that he would see nine more, along with the restoration of his entire business.

My friends in Recovery have a saying that has helped keep my sanity at times:  “We claim progress, not perfection.”  Even in Job’s Second House, he experienced that.

3.  Job was required to participate in the process.
He had to fight the fight of faith.  I do believe there are things we can do to facilitate God’s restoration of our losses, and things we can do to undermine it.  In the next post I’ll show you what Job did between the ranting and the receiving.

One of two things is true of you:  either you have experienced significant losses, or some you know has.  Please, please forward this and be watching over the next couple of weeks.  And let me hear your thoughts as well.

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Pat Dillon October 2, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Hi, Andy as I read I find alot of answers to questions I feal at times,I need to ask you, answered.Thank you so much for these teachings, words from God and the bible that relate to my life as I go threw my life today, it’s ups and downs ,things I go threw.
Just wanted to Thank You for this LIfe Vesting web site, the more I read, the more I learn, and recieve answers to questions that I need Thanks Again !

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