Nahum 2:2 The LORD will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, though destroyers have laid them waste and have ruined their vines.
I’m starting to think God is a dumpster diver. It’s not because He is hungry or homeless or in need. It’s just that He seems to find some pretty good stuff in there. He finds things that the world threw out and considered worthless. He uncovers valuable gems that others thought had no value. It’s dirty stuff He finds, too. But He is a restoration master! He can take what others thought was junk and make it into a work of art. Yes, He finds some good stuff in there.
Maybe that’s where He found you. In the second chapter of Nahum, the prophet states that destroyers have laid the people of Jacob to waste and ruined them. They were trampled on, destroyed, thrown out with the garbage. There they lay in the dumpster waiting for the garbage truck to pick them up. They were without hope wallowing in their worthless life. But their dumpster diving God was on His way. He was going to restore their splendor, clean them up, and make them new.
That’s what God does. He reaches down into that dumpster and pulls each one of us out. When we feel outcast, He finds us. When the world calls us worthless, He gives us worth. When we are covered in the slime of sin – He extends His hand, His grace, and His forgiveness. Yes, my God is a great dumpster diver! And for this I am ever thankful. I am thankful that He is willing to push through the garbage and find me in barren places. I am thankful that He finds value in those who find no value in themselves. As the king and psalmist David once said: “God you have pulled me out of the dumpster… er, I mean, pit.” Thank you Lord!