Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rebuilder of Walls

     And 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 exiled Jews.


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 depression?


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.

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