At the end of 2 Chronicles, in the Old Testament of the bible, we read about the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple of God because of the repeated disobedience and idolatry of the Hebrews. In the next books, Ezra and Nehemiah, we read about the return of a group of righteous people who have been granted leave by the King of Persia to attempt to repair the walls and temple. They are weak and exposed to danger from their enemies because of the broken walls of Jerusalem. Their numbers are relatively few for the job at hand, they are fighting fear, hunger, fatigue and the constant belittling from their enemies and sometimes from their own people.
Have you ever had walls broken beyond repair? Did you stay awake at night wracking your brain for a way to repair the walls that have fallen because of your own sin and selfishness? Have you had people telling you to give up and abandon all hope? Were you wondering where God was in the midst of it all?
I remember well such a time. Long, sleepless nights searching for a way to make things right where everyone came out unscathed and I got what I wanted. Streams of tears running down my face as I wept quietly, hoping my husband didn’t hear me. Clinging to my bible pleading for God’s help and often falling asleep with my head resting on the open tear stained pages. As a new believer it was all I knew to do. From a human perspective there was no way, it was impossible! Unbelievers and even some believers told me to give up and walk away from the ruins; so the Enemy prepared to attack and destroy for good.
But God is the Great Healer. He is ALWAYS in control. Even when things seem beyond hope and impossible, He can make a way!
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” Matthew 19:26
Just as with Ezra and Nehemiah, and their prayers and supplications, God is able and willing to provide for those who have faith, even if it’s as small as a mustard seed.
It may not be the way you thought or wanted, it may not be as shiny as the dream you had….. at first. In the same way the new walls of Jerusalem and the new temple of God were not as beautiful as they had been when Solomon built them, but they sufficed until Christ came to remove the need for a physical temple and made us His temple. Sometimes the walls are made new and shiny right away, sometimes it takes a bit of time for them to fully display God’s handiwork and glory.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
God’s way and plans are always much better than ours. You only have to look to the cross for that.
As Hillsong Worship sings in ‘So Will I’,
“God of salvation, You chased down my heart through all of my failure and pride. On the hill You created, the Light of the world abandoned in darkness to die.”
Our Lord is in the business of impossible and improbable and ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!
Just read your bible and you will see the Faithfulness and Trustworthiness of our God all throughout the pages.
So dear friends, if your walls are cracking, breaking or downright fallen over, don’t give up, hold on! The Holy One of Israel, the Almighty God is waiting a breath away to help you. All you have to do is ask. Bring others alongside to pray with you and for you. It may take some hard work and time, just as building those temple walls did but God will be with you in it. He promised!