the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and
keep you healthy, too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an
ever-flowing spring. Your
sons will rebuild the long-deserted ruins of your cities, and you will be known
as the ‘People Who Rebuild their Walls and Cities’.
Isaiah 58: 11, 12 Life Recovery Bible
Though Isaiah prophesied judgment on Judah because
of their wickedness, his words brought a message of hope. Hearing the truth is
never easy. The people of Judah
were living in sin and denial. They were God’s chosen people. Nothing could
destroy them, but God sent prophets that would confront them with truth. An
enemy would destroy Jerusalem
and take the people captive because of their unfaithfulness to the Almighty
God. How could the Israelites turn from God after all the miracles?
Are we Christians not like the people of Judah? We find
grace from God and accept His salvation. The Bible assures us that nothing can
separate us from God, so we feel invincible. We walk away from His goodness,
from His sacrifice, from His unfailing love.
Sneaky sins creep into our lives; a bit of resentment,
a smattering of anger, a tad of envy, a small disobedience. Maybe, we give into a compulsion for food. We think it’s not
big enough to worry about. We keep going to church and confessing Christ. All
is well until someone hits us between the eyes with the truth. Our denial has
become the devil’s deceit and our destruction.
God’s words of warning to Judah came to pass. They were
conquered by Babylonia who took them into
exile. Despite their situation, Isaiah preached hope to future generations of
Are you facing truth today?
Is insanity working its way through your divided mind?
Has your denial caught up with you and hit you with
Facing your sin isn’t a bad thing anymore than a sick person
going to the doctor. Doctor Jesus holds out hope for our situation. He promises
to rebuild our broken walls, to repair the breaches of sanity, and to restore
our long-deserted intimacy with a Holy God.
Whatever your trouble today, I pray this bit of truth will remind you to let God rebuild the broken walls in your thinking. God bless.