“They’ll rebuild the old ruins,
raise a new city out of the wreckage.
They’ll start over on the ruined cities,
take the rubble left behind and make it new.”
Isaiah 61:1-7 (MSG)
The verses leading up to this talk about how exactly those who mourn in Zion are able to ‘rebuild new cities.’
About what conditions are needed to move from mourning, to rebuilding.
What is within their power to rebuild will be dependent upon what they hear when all they see is ruin.
And the nature of what they rebuild will be shaped by the sort of voice that guides them.
The character of what they rebuild will be shaped by the name they choose to be known by.
New cities are raised from ruin because their hearts heard him even when their here and now eyes could only see and feel ruin.
What if it is he .. his companionship is precisely the condition we need to move from mourning to rebuilding?
Even when their here and now eyes could see more ruin than they could a new city…. The tune, the name, the voice is what lead them to even here find the energy through which to move, to hope.
He works from the inside out. He’s a soul dweller.
There he mends.
There he speaks. Brings forth a new melody. Brings forth a new name.
That’s where we will see the birth of new life. The birth of a new city. Not just once, but daily.
If we’ll only listen.
If we’ll only let him.
“So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 (TPT)