Jeremiah 31:4 – “I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful”…NIV
It takes a couple of minutes or even seconds to pull a building that took a year to put up down. Destruction is only a matter of seconds and sometimes in life all it takes is one mistake or bad decision and the very life that you have spent years to build comes crashing down right before your eyes. Job lost all he had worked for and was blessed with throughout the course of his life in a couple days. If you ever get the chance to watch a tornado or hurricane sweep through a town then you’d understand how destruction is swift and sudden and how it leaves you hopeless and out of breath.
Where do you even begin? It wasn’t like you were writing down the steps to your success as you marched through life, even all that you had was not by your power, it was the grace of God but now you look around and there is nothing but ashes. What is the guarantee that events that led to your prior breakthrough would line up the same way again? How do you turn back the wheels and relive previous experiences, realign yourself with people that helped you along the way and what assurance do you have that things will happen the same way again? You don’t and that is why depression is a feeling we all embrace without reservation and we find ourselves in a state of profound grief and the acceptance of the fear that suddenly overwhelms us, we feel lost, dejected and without hope.
But it is just a feeling and if we engage our eyes of faith, we would realize the help is just a prayer and a fellowship away. What we feel is what we feel, we cannot deny what we feel but what we feel should not dictate how we react and what we ultimately decide to do after we experience destruction. This morning I read through Jeremiah 31 and this is all I heard God say
I will build you again – what exactly have you broken or destroyed that God cannot fix? If he could raise the dead then any broken situation can be fixed if you let him. So it took you years to get to where you are and here you are trying to figure out how many more years you have to put into this to get back to where you are but you don’t need to, hear what God has to say, he is offering his rebuilding service, he wants to throw his hat in the ring and get in the fight with you.
“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: He who scattered Israel will gather them” – So God saw everything that happened to you. What this scripture is saying to you is that God who saw everything happen is the same God who will put things back together again. I know in your mind you are wondering why he let you go through this in the first place and honestly I’d be asking the same question too but listen to what God said in Jeremiah 31:2
“This is what the Lord says: The people who survive the sword will find favor in the desert; I will come to give rest to Israel.”
So you survived! Not to downplay how painful the experience was but you survived and now you have a chance to see God re-build you.
So there is hope for the future declares the Lord. “Your children will return to their own land”
God is saying everything you gave birth to will be restored to you. That dream that you thought is crashed and over with, God himself will rekindle and rebuild.
I would encourage you to read the whole of Jeremiah 31 and be encouraged by God’s word. I don’t know what it is you may have lost or is destroyed. I sympathize with you but I would like to encourage you to call on the one who has the power to restore and rebuild. The one who has the power to return favor into your life and make you forget the pain of your experience. He is the one who gives you hope for a better tomorrow because he is presently at work and when he is done, you will see and experience the glorious nature of his blessing upon your life so bring whatever it is that’s broken and let him fix it!
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