“Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.”
God is a God of hope. In times of judgment, God still gives hope to His people that they will not always live in bondage. God says in the verse above, “…I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate…” These words should give hope in several levels.
First, it gives hope to the fallen that God can rebuild a ruined life. It should encourage every believer that no matter what sin has done to their life, God is capable of rebuilding a ruined life. God wants the believer to know that sin may destroy, but He can and will rebuild. Sin may root up, but He will plant “that that was desolate.” You may think that there is no hope for your life because of what you have done, but God is capable of rebuilding the ruins in which sin has left you.
Second, this verse gives hope to the church that seems to be in “ruined places.” As I have preached in churches for many years, one thing that has become evident to me is that many churches seem to feel that they can no longer do what they once used to do, but let me point you to the words in the verse above that the LORD builds the “ruined places.” There is no church that God cannot rebuild. It doesn’t matter what the history of that church may be; God is capable or rebuilding the “ruined places.” Your church may have a bad history, but God is the master of erasing a bad history to give hope for the future. Your church history doesn’t intimidate God or limit Him because He is a God of building the “ruined places.”
Third, there is no nation where God can’t sent revival. I’ve heard many preachers say that America is beyond revival to which I disagree. God is capable of sending revival if the believers of that country will come back to God. If God could rebuild Israel in Ezra and Nehemiah’s day, then He can rebuild any nation and send revival if the believers of that nation will come back to Him.
These thoughts should bring a couple of reminders to the believer. First, you have God’s Word that He can rebuild the “ruined places.” The verse above says, “…I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.” The LORD has never gone back on His word. Anything the LORD has ever said He would do, He did. It doesn’t matter what the Devil may whisper in your ear about your situation, if God says He will rebuild, you can be assured that He will do it.
Second, you have hope that your ruined place doesn’t have to be the end of your story. What I love about this verse is that God can make something out of a place where most could never see hope. Your ruined place doesn’t have to be the last paragraph of your life if you will come back to God and let Him rebuild your life. God can take any ruined place and make it into something that others never thought could happen.
Let me ask you; what you are you going to do knowing that God can rebuild the ruins of your life? You can sit and let sin have victory over you, or you can get up and come back to God and allow Him to rebuild the ruined places of your life. You don’t have to let the last story of your life be about the ruined places. The last story of your life can be about the rebuilding power of God that took the ruins of your life and made them into a mighty tool and testimony of His grace.