“I will make your battlements of rubies,
your gates of sparkling jewels,
and all your walls of precious stones."
(As the Lord speaks to His forlorn people in exile,
as He sees His beloved city of Jerusalem, His Own dwelling place,
devastated and in ruins from the enemy's destruction,
using familiar words to describe the indescribable and unimaginable,
He promises them a completely new existence in Him.
He will not only rescue them, but He will also restore them
in ways inconceivable to them at this time in their oppression.
He will rebuild them with new walls of precious stones
that make their walls bright with light,
light that will enter them to lighten their way
and light that will show those looking to them the way.
He will form their gates with jewels so bright that the entry is clearly marked
and their walled border clearly lined with costly jewels,
marking out clearly His territory in us.
His promise today to us the same,
that He will rebuild the brokenness in our lives and form us
so that His light clearly shines through to us and so that others see His light as well.
He will form us so that the entry through the gates into our lives
will be formed out of His protective and costly jewels
of love and forgiveness and humility and hope.
He will form us so that the walls and borders
that form our lives are clearly marked as His possession
with the priceless jewels of His Son's salvation and redemption
and so that nothing can impinge upon the territory of our lives
that He has declared belong to Him.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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