My people are the repairers of the breach!
You are my restorers!
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in. Isaiah 58:12 (ESV)
Restoration Follows Devastation
Media can be sobering as you read and watch video of wars, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and destruction. As I write this, Hurricane Irma is threatening Florida, fires are raging in the Western US and Mexico just experienced a major earthquake. Places I have lived and spent much time in Florida are under mandatory evacuations. Several days ago, I experienced the smoke from a wildfire. I am praying, speaking and believing for a course change, dissipation, no damage and that friends and family stay unharmed. Meanwhile, many argue why these things are happening, climate change, top-secret government programs or even the wrath of God Himself. Our Heavenly Father prompted me to ask what instead of why.
What should our reaction be?
God’s prompting to me indicates that we are prophetically and literally called forth to restore, repair and rebuild and as storms and devastation take place, no matter the cause, we are to step into our calling as restoration experts!
How the World Sees
Christians can stand in faith, on the beach, speaking to the storm; the world will witness the storm move and still not believe. The world looks for something more personal, our response. The world was looking at Houston during Hurricane Harvey to gauge the response of a famous mega church. Trained as Certified Safety Specialist, we are taught one can’t control the event but one can control the response. Watching the news outlets, the devastation coverage is short lived while the response coverage continues. The world needs something more personal. They need Christians restoring hope, repairing businesses and rebuilding lives.
Isaiah reminds us to be repairers of the breach and restorers of the streets to dwell in. Cyrus decreed the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Amos shares the rebuilding of the tabernacle of David and I agree with the commenter Matthew Henry, this is us! Jesus ministry was individual restoration as shown by his countless miracles while His mission was to bring corporate restoration to the world. We are instructed by Paul to be an edifying body. The word edify was a purposely chosen word that indicates physically building an edifice.
The world needs to see us personally and physically changing the lives of people. We are commissioned to disciple nations and we disciple nations with socio-economic influence. This is more than rebuilding houses, we have an opportunity to restore and rebuild lives and cities by being socio-economic builders and influencers. It is time to rebuild businesses, economic systems and lives. It is time to be salt and light. It is not only time to feed the downtrodden but time to raise them up! The good news to be preached is that curse of poverty has been broken. It is His kingdom that we need to usher in here on earth as it is in heaven.
Some have the need of availability because they lack provision. Others have the need of accessibility; they have provision but no access. The man at the pool of Bethesda believed he had healing available but no access. Jesus was the game changer we are called to be. He gave the man at the pool supernatural access to the available healing. The religious leaders of the day decried this move as it was against their traditions. So when you make a move to restore socio-economic access, be warned, it will go against the grain of tradition. Traditions call us to use band aids or temporary solutions. You have been called to rebuild and restore by bringing permanent solutions; bringing His kingdom to earth as it is in Heaven.
We are to be ready to respond, ready to rebuild and ready to restore!
I’ll repair the holes in the roof, replace the broken windows, fix it up like new. David’s people will be strong again and seize what’s left of enemy Edom, plus everyone else under my sovereign judgment.” God’s Decree. He will do this. “Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look,blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel: “They’ll rebuild their ruined cities. They’ll plant vineyards and drink good wine. They’ll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables. And I’ll plant them, plant them on their own land. They’ll never again be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.” God, your God, says so. Amos 9:11-15(MSG)