The Lord God is able to restore in order to fulfill His will and His promises. People in life often strive so hard to meet some sort of dream or goal and many times end up going backwards while trying to move forward. Then in an attempt to make up ground, more striving takes place so that one's life can be consumed with frustrating attempts to restore that which one once had that one lost in an attempt to gain more. Its a difficult situation for many people who experience this. Yet the Bible shows that God does not have this problem. God is almighty and is able to do anything He pleases. He does not need to strive to restore. If He chooses to restore a person, it will just happen by His miraculous hand, and it will be done according to His will.
An example of this reality can be seen in Genesis 13:1-11. In this portion of scripture, the Bible shows that Abram left Egypt. The Bible showed that while Abram was in Egypt, mostly bad things were happening on account of Abram's foolishness and fear. The famine in the land made Abram panic, take matters into his own hands rather than trust God, and so he left the place he was supposed to be and went into Egypt against God's will. Abram put himself in a difficult position as he deceived Pharaoh and put his own wife in compromising positions. While one might think that this would be grounds to rescind the promises that God made to Abram, God proves His patience, mercy, and grace by removing Abram from the dangers Abram had got himself into.
As the Bible explains that Abram went into Egypt because of the famine, it almost appears as if Abram was affecting the work of God to give Abram the land inheritance. How can God give Abram the land of Canaan when Abram is in Egypt? The fact that Abram foolishly and fearfully left the land that God promised in order to go into Egypt might have even caused Abram to forfeit that land. Nevertheless, Genesis 13:1-11 shows God's work to restore things back to the ways that He desired. The first thing that God did was bring Abram back into the land he was previously living in. The scriptures are detailed to stated that Abram was back in the area of the Negev, between Bethel and Ai, exactly where he was before. In fact, the scriptures are even more helpful to explain that as God place Abram back where He wanted him (in Canaan), Abram even started to do the things he was doing before he went into Egypt - worship God. When Abram was living in tents in Canaan, the Bible showed that Abram worshiped God and built altars to Him. When the Bible showed Abram go to Egypt, it showed Abram responding in fear and deceit. Therefore, God removed Abram from Egypt, as well as the fear and deceit, and placed him back in the Promised Land, which facilitated Abram's worship of God. God's work to restore Abram to the place where he was before caused Abram to do the things he was doing before - worshiping God.
The scriptures go on to explain that as Abram was in the land with his family, he began to multiply in riches. The flourishing of Abram caused a minor challenge. The flocks and tents of Lot (Abram's nephew) were also growing so that the land could not sustain the both of them. The Bible explains that as the herdsmen of Abram and Lot began to quarrel, Abram interceded and offered a solution to the challenge to end the conflict. Abram suggested that they split up. However, Abram allowed Lot the opportunity to choose whatever portion of land he wanted. Genesis 13:1-11 explains that Abram let Lot choose his portion of land so that whatever choice Lot made, Abram would go in the opposite direction peacefully. The scriptures explain that Lot choose to go into the land of Zoar, in the Jordan Valley, and ended up moving close to the city of Sodom. The Bible explains that Lot saw the valley, and it appealed to his eyes. He saw the grass was green and it reminded him of Egypt and compared it to the Garden of Eden. Therefore, Lot made his choice to go there, and Abram was content with such choice. Thus, Lot traveled to the Jordan Valley while Abram stayed in Canaan.
It is interesting to see that as Abram gave Lot the opportunity to choose any portion of land, Lot's choice allowed Abram to stay in Canaan as God desired. Lot could have made the choice to make things simple, stay in Canaan, and force Abram to find a new place to live. However, God promised Abram that he would dwell in the land of Canaan. Hence, the sovereign hand of God is seen in causing Lot to dwell in the Jordan Valley while Abram stayed in Canaan according to God's will and promises. It is not by coincidence that Abram was able to remain in Canaan. God made an unconditional promise to Abram that was dependent on the faithfulness of God, not the performance of Abram. Thus, as the scriptures show Abram fail and put God's promises in a position of compromise, God intercedes and restores Abram in order that His will is done according to His promises. God does not strive in order to do so. He just makes it happen.
God has made many promises throughout the course of His holy Word. One of the greatest promises is the promise of forgiveness of sins to facilitate eternal life in His kingdom. This is another of God's unconditional promises that is dependent on His faithfulness rather than mankind's efforts. God does not strive in order to fulfill this promise. In fact, the promise has already been fulfilled. The moment Jesus said, "It is finished," upon the cross, God's promise was fulfilled. Though Jesus suffered, He did not strive against mankind in order to offer the opportunity of restoration. God created this world without sin. When Adam brought sin into the world, God promised through prophecy to offer forgiveness of sins through the work of the Messiah (Genesis 3:15). God did the work that needed to be done according to His faithfulness in order to demonstrate His ability to restore, as seen with Abram. Though mankind corrupts, the free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ serves to be proof of the greatest kind that God restores that which is corrupt and unprofitable (in God's perspective), to that which is holy and profitable.