Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Who will rebuild our broken world?
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
One World Trade Center – part of what was devastated, rebuilt and completed this year
WE considered yesterday how reliant we are – or should be – on the Holy Spirit to bring life, direction and revelation. Without Him we smoulder rather than burn brightly, and living the Christian life can seem three parts of grunt to one of grace. It’s probably even more frustrating for our Father watching over us!
With a growing awareness of the Holy Spirit’s transforming work, we start to see people, situations, things looking different. There’s a faith that rises when we pray, an excitement that comes as we worship, scripture verses and other revelation that comes to mind, ‘coincidences’ that happen. We don’t want to miss the Sunday gathering or the group in case we miss something that God is doing.
Be encouraged! It starts small and grows… trees start weedy-looking and strengthen as they get some height. The passage talks about people – that’s us – being called ‘oaks of righteousness’ – more a comment about stature and strength than arboriculture – who will rebuild ruins and renew and restore what is broken down. You can probably think of some examples – shall we start with the banking system, or marriage? Perhaps practice on something closer to home first…
God, who said “Let there be light” is perfectly capable of speaking into existence (or renewal) anything He desires.
This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself. (Isaiah 44:24)
And in the introduction to his gospel account, John writes:
All things came into being through Him… (John 1:3)
So God, who created earth without the help of scientists, can build and rebuild. However, He has created and called us into partnership, His preferred way, as we will explore further.