from the rubble'

   Tuesday Reflection


27th April 2021

...comes tumbling down...

'The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
 he gathers the exiles of Israel.
 He heals the broken hearted
 and binds up their wounds.'

..... Psalm 147:2,3

When life comes tumbling down around us
it can be challenging to see God's hand
in the middle of it.

We think of the rubble as a sign of
Gods inactivity.
We equate pain with his lack of care,
but God cares deeply for his family.
In Matthew 10:29-31 Jesus says:

29  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
   Yet not one of them will fall
   to the ground outside your Father's care
30  And even the very hairs of your head
   are all numbered.
31  So don't be afraid;
   you are worth more than many sparrows.

His promise enables us to move from the
brokenness into healing.
It allows the eyes of our heart
to see him rebuilding amid the ruin.

Psalm 174:2,3 reminds of this truth;

'The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
 he gathers the exiles of Israel.
 He heals the broken hearted
 and binds up their wounds.'

'The Lord rebuilds...'

these words can give us hope.
The writer of Psalm 147 offers us a look at
God's faithful hand by taking us back
to a time when God's people had become
captives in Babylon.

For seventy years they waited and watched
for God to come and save them.
Seventy years of broken hearts
lamenting their situation.

Sometimes we can feel so much like the
Israelites must have done -
unseen, forgotten, abandoned.

However, true to God's promise,
deliverance came through the
King of Persia, Cyrus.
He conquered Babylon and proclaimed;

"'The Lord, the God of heaven,
  has given me all the kingdoms of the earth
  and he has appointed me
  to build a temple for him at
  Jerusalem in Judah.
  Any of his people among you may go up,
  and may the Lord their God be with them.'"

.... 2 Chronicles 36:23

What comfort this statement must have brought
to the Israelites who heard this.
God was faithful, and Israel witnessed it.
God rescued them from exile,
using a most unlikely saviour,
and they would once again be able to
enjoy worshipping him
in his rebuilt temple.

He gave comfort and rescue not only to
the nation of Israel but also
to each individual,
as Jesus does for us today,
through his life, death and resurrection.
Jesus is eager to comfort and soothe
our emotional and physical wounds.

But rebuilding takes time,
and we sometimes have difficulty
seeing god's hand in it.
It is isn't that God is not moving on our behalf;
it's that we are unable to see it when he does.
Psalm 147:2,3 readjusts our gaze to the
kindness and faithfulness of God,
how he works in the rubble of our
broken lives and rebuilds - what a gift.

In our lives we will have many troubles -
we were never told that it would be easy.

Julian of Norwich, (1300's)
the first writer in English who was
certainly identified as a woman, wrote;
'He [God] said not
'Thou shalt not be tempested,
thou shalt not be travailed,
thou shalt not be dis-eased';
but he said,
'Thou shalt not be overcome."
"All shall be well,
and all shall be well
and all manner of thing
shall be well."

We will encounter circumstances and
seasons that will leave us wounded
and broken hearted.
But God, in his loving kindness,
mends our broken hearts even through
we don't recognise his working -
rebuilding from the rubble,
piece by piece.

The discomfort may be deep,
but God's comfort runs deeper.
We can bring our wounds to him
and he will tenderly bind them;
he is faithful and will rebuild.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Faithful one, so unchanging'
sung by Bethel AG
via the link shown below.