Your Light Rising in the Darkness – Rebuilding and Restoring
Today, we will finish up the series from Isaiah 58:9b-12. I hope you have grown through it. I know I have.
“Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations;
You will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
Have you ever really thought about the implications of a life that glorifies God? Have you considered the difference a person walking with God can make in the lives of the people around them?
God will be seen in us as we sacrificially seek Him and live the life described in Isaiah 58:6-12. He will be glorified. (1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1) Living a life that glorifies God is the ultimate goal that God has set for us! Is it your goal?
Now to the verse:
Broken Walls, Broken People
“Your people will rebuild the ancient walls… “
Are you surrounded by broken people? I am. Everywhere I turn there are broken people who need God to rebuild them. They are in ruins – wounded and useless (so it appears). These people need the people of God to show them the way to be rebuilt. God is the only One who can rebuild these kinds of ruins and then they will truly be better than before. He often does this through His people. He does not need us to accomplish His tasks, but He chooses to include us.
I believe that this part of the verse speaks of the account of the rebuilding of the protective wall around Jerusalem in the book of Nehemiah. However, I believe it is also an analogy and it is applicable to people’s lives today. God used His people to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and He uses His people today.
We are all broken, in reality, and He wants to rebuild us. He also wants to use us to help rebuild the lives of other people. In doing this, the body of Christ will be strong. The more we work together to grow in our relationships with God, the more we will see the Body of Christ grow as God adds new believers to it. When we trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation, He gives us new life. That does not mean that everything will suddenly be perfect, but the Source of Change becomes clear. He then incrementally heals our wounds and makes us more like Him.
The Age-Old Foundation
…and will raise up the age-old foundations… “
As God enables us to rebuild and repair the broken, other “broken” people will see these once broken people made whole. Seeing hope of wholeness, they will want it too. If we are truly walking toward wholeness ourselves, others will join us in that walk and we are being rebuilt on the age-old foundation of Jesus Christ our Lord. He is the only foundation that any of us can stand on eternally.
“…you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls… “
Can God work through us to repair broken people? He certainly can!
But first, He must repair us or at least begin repairing us. We are a mess. I am a mess. You are a mess. All of us need some kind of “fixing”. Whether we have been walking with God for 6 months or 6 decades – God still has work to do on each one of us. But, others will be able to relate to us as they see our needs being met. God uses those in process of being repaired, to show those who have not yet begun the process what He is able to do for His glory and their good.
“…Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
Verse 12 is such a beautiful passage! The Church, the Body of Christ is much like a spiritual hospital. God’s people come in but then we do not want to leave and we do not have to leave. The terrific thing about this “hospital” is that we will never be well enough to check out. We just keep getting stronger and stronger, God brings others in and they get stronger and stronger too! We all get stronger together – living for Jesus and growing together. This is His light in us rising in the darkness!
I rejoice in the beauty of Your Word, Lord. Thank You so much for drawing us to You, saving us and changing us into what You want us to be! I am so excited about the way You work in our lives. It is not always comfortable or easy but it is always good. Thank You for this! Help us to be what You want us to be. Please make us completely Yours. In Jesus name, I pray! Amen.
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