Rebuild the Ruins

During biblical times, the walls that surrounded a city provided safety from attack and gave the security it needed to thrive and prosper. These walls represented strength – and the stronger a city grew the further it would extend its walls.
If these walls were ever breached it would signal disaster, for the city as it would become vulnerable to attack and exposed to a foreign army seeking to invade and capture its people.
After countless warnings from God through His prophets over many centuries, the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed by an inducing army and its people were taken to exile in a foreign land. The people of Israel and Judah had persistently sinned against God to a greater degree even than those who were driven from the land before them, and now the walls of Jerusalem lay in ruins.
I know there have been times in my life where either due to my own sinful decisions or at the hands of others actions, my walls have also broken down – leaving me vulnerable and in a much more weakened position. It’s at these times that we are in need of some outside help.
Despite Israels persistent rejection of God and His ways, after 70 years in exile they were miraculously brought back to their home land to begin the process of rebuilding their nation. And instead of leaving them to their own devices, God began to supernaturally empower them to rebuild the ruins:
‘For we were slaves, but in his unfailing love our God did not abandon us in our slavery. Instead… he gave us new life us so we could rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins. He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem’ – Ezra 9:9 (NLT/ NIV)
The truth is that no matter how far you fall or how broken down your walls are, God will never abandon you. As you run to God, He will give you ‘new life’ and the strength you need to rebuild your walls and repair the ruins.
It may take some time, but His protective wall that surrounds you will give you the space and grace you need to take each step until the ruins have been restored and strengthened!

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