Someone recently quoted a special verse from Isaiah 54 that helped him in a time of difficulty. I loved thinking about it this morning. The imagery in these verses refers to Zion, but my friend liked to think about his own heart when reading it. I think it’s both!
O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted,
behold, I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with
sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies,
your gates of sparkling jewels,
and all your walls of precious stones.
All your children will be taught by the Lord,
and great will be their peace.
I think about those of us feeling afflicted, storm-tossed, and not comforted. Listen to the promise that God can rebuild you. He rebuilds lives. Jesus enters in to crumbling situations and rebuilds. God also adorns; the Holy Spirit beautifies.
If you’ve ever witnessed a home-improvement project, you know it always takes longer than you think it will. It’s always a slower, much messier, and more costly process. You must surrender to the contractor or the head builder. Letting God rebuild your life means you surrender to the process and endure. It means you wait patiently and trust. You do what God says no matter what the cost. It might involve ripping up an unsteady foundation to put in the new foundations of sapphire and the gates of sparkling jewels.