Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, And have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and The city shall be builded upon her own heap… (Jeremiah 30:18, KJV 1900)
The Jews in Judah were taken captive by the Babylonians for 70 years. The walls of Jerusalem were broken down, and the Temple was destroyed. Jerusalem as a city was in heaps of ruins and rubble. The Lord spoke words of comfort and hope to His people and said “ the city shall be builded upon her own heap’. He was saying Jerusalem shall be rebuilt as a city again upon the ruins of its past.
There is really no hopeless situation with our God. The very heaps of rubbish that was a reminder of the disgraceful defeat and downfall of Jerusalem became the mount upon which the city was being rebuilt. The LORD has not changed. Is there a scar in your life that continually reminds you of your past failures, defeats or even sins and holding you captive in a mindset of despair? Does the enemy use those heaps of rubble from your past to remind you each day that you can never rise above what lies behind you? Well, I have got good news about our heavenly Father for you. He specializes in building beautiful cities upon heaps of rubble.
The Lord wants our hope and trust to be on Him at all times, irrespective of the ruins that lie under us. He says all things work together for our good, not because those things are good, but because He can make all things turn around for our good. There is hope for us. Keep your eyes on your Father alone and refuse to allow those heaps of ruins in your past take you captive.
Will the Lord ever reject us after we fail and we turn to Him in repentance for forgiveness and restoration?
APPLY THE WORD
The LORD places a lot of value on your response to your past, even if it is horribly sinful. He knows we cannot change our past, but He can transform our present and future if we turn to Him. Trust the Lord today for that heap of rubbish from your past that might always be making you cry, feel depressed, discouraged or even uninspired about the future. If that is you, please take your eyes off that past and keep them on the Lord. That is not denying the past. It is trusting in the God of grace and hope.
Thank the Lord for His unfailing love for us.
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