Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Out of the Rubble

"Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings." (Isaiah 58:12, NIV)
The spring of 2011 has been unkind to many across our land.  Devastating tornadoes have left thousands homeless, hundreds dead, and most of us touched in some way or other.  Those of us who do not live in the cities ravaged by these monster storms have only the stories and images that come to us through news agencies or by way of reports from family and friends of the victims.  We cannot fathom the depth of need and despair, but because "we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works" (Ephesians 2:10, NKJV), we are called to offer hope and assistance to those who have lost so much.

We may be overwhelmed by the images we have seen and feel that our small efforts cannot possibly make a difference, but we are wrong to think that way.  If we will ask God how we can help and do what he leads us to do, then collectively we can make a significant impact on the lives of the victims and their devastated communities.  We are the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.  It is we, his people, who must do the work of rebuilding what has been lost and restoring hope to those whose faith has been so badly shaken.  Although God himself is the Repairer of Broken Walls and the Restorer of Streets with Dwellings, he needs crews of committed believers who will come alongside him, pray for those in need, and help rebuild these communities and the faith of those who live there.

Pray, give, and serve where you can, that others may see that God does care, that hope is real, and that God truly can and will work all things together for the good of those who love him.  Pray that out of the rubble, revival will come and many will receive Christ as Savior.

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