By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
“And they said unto me, ‘The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.’
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.”
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”
In Bible times, walls were built around a city as a chief means of fortification, strength, and defense against an enemy. In Bible times Jerusalem’s walls were 40 feet high and 8 feet thick; the walls held 34 watchtowers and 8 gates.
Walls became a symbol of protection and provision within from forces without.
Watchers on the wall appeared night and day and the gates were guarded closely.
2 Chronicles 36:19 records a low point in Israel’s history.
“And they burnt the house of God, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the good vessels thereof.”
The symbolism of a broken wall speaks a powerful illustration to a broken nation and a broken life in need of restoration with God.
Broken walls speak to arenas of ….
Disobedience to God’s word,
Departure from His presence,
Disregard for His absolute authority.
Just as God allowed an enemy, like Babylon, to destroy the sacred city of His dwelling place and destroy a people of His very own calling because of their disobedience …
He allows our spirits to experience a sense of brokenness when we don’t allow Him sacred access into our lives.
We self-destruct internally and live with broken walls when we deliberately sin and turn our backs on the Lord.
Praise God for grace supplied and applied through such times in our lives when our internal being lies in ruin and our walls of support have fallen because of sin.
Praise God that He provides us with reconstructive forces that go to work inside of us and offer us support and grace for rebuilding:
-For His Word that revives us,
-His Spirit that supports us,
-His strength that enables us,
-His blood that saves us.
Over and over again the rebuilding process goes on and we are supported by the sovereign hand of One who knows our frailties and identifies and loves us unconditionally.
Perhaps, dear reader, you are experiencing the ramifications of sin and the realities of broken walls.
Let me remind you that repentance will lead you home
And rebuilding begins the moment you confess your sin.
Get it right this very moment.
God’s grace will be sufficient …
And your walls will be restored.
God is able.
If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9