Verse for Today: Monday, November 11, 2013
Isaiah 54:11 – “O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires.”
Anything that is broken, lashed out and ruined has no value in man’s estimation. So man takes insurance for large sums and depend on a payoff when all hope is gone. Broken materials are thrown in the junkyards of the world as heaps of hopelessness. But God rewrites the story of such ruined lives and rebuilds the afflicted and the abandoned because He is the Master Re-builder. He restores the broken and shattered bones perfectly and no radiologist would ever find a scar in the bone. He mends the net that is torn apart and makes it flawless. He reestablishes the hopeless lives of people and makes them stand on His foundation of hope, grace and mercy. God himself will be the foundation of such lives as they are built on the Rock of Ages. God knows the depth of affliction, pain, misery and ruins caused by sin. He comes to take us in His hands and remolds us like a Master Potter who restores the broken pots. His smart fingers smoothen it and gives it a look that beats every precious stone in this world. The parched ligaments and the dry bones will re-live with hope as the water of life flows through its reeds. God thus rebuilds lost and hopeless cities, families and individuals with eternal foundations of priceless stones. Today He is primarily committed to rebuild individual and family lives who are submitted to Him for restoration. Only those who admit themselves hopelessly ruined will He take over and put His hope in them. Only those who declare themselves poor in spirit will He put His riches in. Today God waits for all hopeless lives to go to Him so that He can take over and restore them for His use.
Dear friend, are you afflicted and living in anguish and misery because of the utter hopelessness that is seen across your lifeline? Are you parched and scorched by the hot winds of life battering against you? Are you weak and heavy laden because of the battles that you have been fighting against difficult situations and negative forces in life? Do your circumstances discourage you by whispering in your ears that there is no hope for you? But all the while, God is standing next to you and asking you to turn to Him for restoration, healing, strength, rebuilding and hope. He comes with all the resources of Heaven to remold you. As the Master Builder, He has a great plan for your life. He wants to reshape you and put His strength into you to keep going even when everything seems to be against you. He watches over you and is actively involved in your situation so that you will be spared of harm and annihilation. But you must surrender yourself to Him, and then He will put His hope in you. If you hand over your life into His hands, your future will be safe and secure in Him. He will lead you every step of the way and will hold your hands lest you falter. His Word will be a light unto your path and a lamb unto your feet. As He rebuilds you, He will speak to you to reassure and cheer you up. His promises will come true in your life daily and His Spirit will reassure you of His great plan for you. Listen keenly to Him as He comes to renew His promises to you. You are reminded today to take your hands off your affairs and leave it with God to work on it and to rebuild you for His glory.
Jeremiah 18:6 – “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.”
Thought for Today
The touch of God brings hope and victory in the most hopeless situations in the lives of His children.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Touch and restore me today and remove all hopelessness from my life for which I give myself to You. Amen!
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