Sometimes we can work so hard at something and never see progress, so we begin to lose hope. Sometimes we pray and never see a breakthrough, so we stop praying. Sometimes those old dreams are so darn painful to continue to imagine, so we let go of them and settle for less.
Where have we made peace with brokenness when God’s plan is complete restoration? Where have we stopped seeking when it got hard, but God’s plan is for you to find more than you could ever possibly imagine? What if God is calling us to believe again?
This morning I went down a rabbit hole searching for a scripture I could never find, but God led me to something totally unrelated. A scripture that grabbed me and took hold of those deep down disappointments I’ve tucked away. If you have any deep down, tucked away disappointments, I have to believe this one is for you too. Every time this scripture talks about land, apply it to your personal disappointment and what is too far gone in your life. That is your land.
The scripture is Ezekiel 36: 33-38 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Once again I will yield to Israel’s plea and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep, as numerous as the flocks for offerings at Jerusalem during her appointed festivals. So will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
Honey, God is going to rebuild this. What is now lying in ruins will be fortified. Where there is no life and no hope, it will be revived once again. What is desolate now will be replanted and grow to an abundance.
This is what God intendeds to do in response to your plea. You’ve been praying and nothing has been happening, or at least not that you can see. But Honey, God is moved by your prayers. Daniel 9:23 says “The moment you began praying, a command was given.”
God has already made a command over what you’re about to give up on. He is planning things you cannot imagine. Restoration is on his mind, and rebuilding is in his hands.
You will not remain this broken shell of a woman. Your child will not wander forever. This dream will not lay shattered . What God started here will not fail. God has been in motion since the first time you prayed about it, and he plans to do something about this for you.
Read verse 37 again and insert your name. “I will yield to ______’s plea and do this for her.”
Why wouldn’t he? Why not you? Aren’t you his girl? Aren’t you here seeking him and his will for your life? Haven’t you placed your trust in him? Aren’t you chosen, forgiven, and redeemed? Then of course God’s desire is to respond to your pleas and do impossible things for you.
You’ve started to lose hope, but God is in the process of rebuilding what is entirely too far gone. All that is completely ruined and without hope, God has his eye on to bring back to life even better than it was before. All that has dried up, he plans to make overflow again.
Your job in this???? Your job is to keep talking to God about it and believe he can do what he says he can do. Come back to believing it is possible. Come back to your visions of all this can be with God’s miraculous power at work.
I’ve struggled with something for several years that gets better for a little bit, then comes crashing down again. And every time it comes crashing down, I hurt a little more. And every time I hurt, I feel bitterness creeping in. I no longer want to hope, because honestly it feels like this doesn’t deserve hope anymore. It deserves anger. It deserves rejection. That’s what my feelings say. But that’s not what the Spirit dwelling within me says.
I know your feelings may tell you some dark things at times. I know your feelings may feel overpowering and really cloud your thoughts. But let me ask you, what does the Spirit dwelling within you say about this?
Do you hear the Spirit of God telling you now, “I will rebuild this.” He’s telling you this will not be wasted. He’s not just walking away from this, so he’s calling you back to it as well. Yes, back to what has been a huge disappointment. Back to all that has been so painful to watch crumble before. And all that has been ruined here will be restored by the mighty hand of God.
Now, if you’re like me, you feel a tinge of hope tangled with heap of doubt. What do we do with that doubt? We want to hope, but it seems so unlikely at this point. This is where we come to Jesus like the father in Mark 9: 22-24 who had brought his son for healing. He says “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
We believe Jesus can restore this. We believe he can rebuild this. We believe he can take these ruins and make it something beautiful and full of life again. But we have this unbelief too. This unbelief that says it’s too painful to keep believing. This unbelief that says it’s never worked before. This unbelief that says it’s just too far gone.
Today we cry out and say, “Jesus, I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief!”
God promised to rebuild and restore all that was ruined so that everyone would look upon what was once too far gone, and see his undeniable work. Don’t you know what you’ve been about to give up on is simply primed for God’s undeniable work?
Once again, receive today’s scripture over those impossible, disappointing, hopeless disasters in your life. “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited. Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.”
God can. He can rebuild this. He can restore this. He can bring life back to what seems too far gone. Keep talking to him about it. When you come to him in prayer, his command is sent out and he is working deep within where you cannot see.
Keep bringing that unbelief to him. He can handle that too.