Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16
Have you ever bordered the walls of your heart?
Wall in hebrew: gebul
- border, boundary, territory; area; wall
- boundary of territory belonging to an individual, — of field, piece of ground
God brought this scripture to my heart 2 nights ago, and I’ve been meditating. In this scripture God is speaking about God having his care and affection over Israel. Eventhough Israel is the land of God’s people, we are the engrafted Israel, by God’s spirit (Romans 11).
- cut or carve (a text or design) on the surface of a hard object.
- synonyms: carve, inscribe, cut (in), incise, chisel, chase, score, notch, etch, imprint, impress
- cut or carve a text or design on (such an object).
- cut (a design) as lines on a metal plate for printing.
The walls of Jerusalem are the separation and protection from neighboring cities. At the time when the prophet Isaiah wrote; the walls were broken down. Without these walls, Israel was open to attacks and to intrusion, from enemy states. But God had Jerusalem’s walls in mind. Sometimes we are like this. We may be broken down mentally, emotionally, physically, or God forbid financially. But God can build us up!
God tells us today that He has our condition in mind, He is keeping His eye on us. He is ready to act on our behalf. Maybe God allows our surrounding walls to be destroyed, because of our unfaithfulness like Israel. Or because of our own distraction and neglect, but God never leaves us without a solution. He uses these situations to draw us back to Him, just like Israel. And then we can glorify Him by acknowledging His faithfulness. God is the God of hope: the God of restoration. When he looks at us, He is reminded of His purpose in calling and choosing us as His people.
In the book of Nehemiah, God touched Nehemiah to build up the walls and was given strategy to get it done. He had each family build their portion in front of their own territory. God caused them to be built up again: He already had a plan for His people.
God has a plan for you, to pick you back up; to restore you. We set our faces to God and believe that he is going to build us back up.
In the previous verse, God says that even if a mother is able to forget her child, God would not forget us. Our condition is always up before God. Lets rejoice because God has mercy on the afflicted, because of His love and compassion on us. God is a God of covenant, of divine agreement. His sovereignty assures us that God has a tender care and careful watch over his church and people. He will never leave us in a broken state, a depressive, discouraged or confusion. He will mend our broken heart, He will fill our pantry with food and provide for us as our father. God has us marked on his hand, he will never forsake us.
I will make your pinnacles of rubies, and your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. Isaiah 54:11-12
Dear God, I thank you that you watch over us like the apple of your eye. Thank you that you never leave us in a broken place or a broken state. Thank you that you are giving us a restoration, and are building us up stronger than ever before. I pray for those people who are in ruins, financially in poverty, depending on drugs or on sex, even in prostitution and even those who have snapped and are in a crazy house, even those who are homeless and those who have ran away from their homes, who have been abused emotionally sexually or verbally- lord I pray you visit them today, and bring their hearts hope. Fill them with your love and peace that surpasses all understanding. In Jesus name, Amen.