A Song of Joy from the Ruins!
Jeremiah 33:10-11 (CSB): “This is what the Lord says: In this place, which you say is a ruin, without people or animals—that is, in Judah’s cities and Jerusalem’s streets that are a desolation without people, without inhabitants, and without animals—there will be heard again a sound of joy and gladness, the voice of the groom and the bride, and the voice of those saying, Give thanks to the Lord of Armies, for the Lord is good; His faithful love endures forever as they bring thanksgiving sacrifices to the temple of the Lord. For I will restore the fortunes of the land as in former times, says the Lord.”
This week, let us praise God for making all things new!
In John 16:33, Jesus reminds us that we will face challenges and hardships in this world. Despite this, He encourages us to be confident, undaunted and filled with joy because He has already overcome the world. His conquest is complete, and His victory is abiding. He has the power to turn our ‘ruins into restoration.’
However, it is important for us to:
Seek God first and rely on His supernatural inspiration, especially when we experience ruins rather than joy. May we sit daily at the feet of Jesus, asking Him to inspire and guide us to make an impact in our world, even when our surroundings tell us a different story. In pursuing an intimate relationship with God and seeking His guidance, we gain clarity and direction for our lives. It brings to mind Psalm 27:4 (NIV): “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” We should ask ourselves what truly matters and consider how to spend more time in God’s presence – through prayer, studying His Word and worship. By doing so, we can experience transformation and growth, and be guided by the Holy Spirit towards a lasting impact in His Kingdom.
Stand firm and trust God even when we can’t see the full picture. Our current circumstances may limit our understanding, but we can be confident that God is in control. He is faithful and has our best interests at heart. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and He can revive even the most hopeless situations. God has a complete and perfect plan, knowing the end from the beginning. May we go back to the feet of Jesus and put our complete trust in Him.
Prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord. May we not become so focused on the things of this world that we lose sight of the need to get ready for the day our Bridegroom returns. He may come for us one at a time or all together. Yet, may we remain faithful by accepting Jesus as King over our lives and maintaining a deep, loving relationship with Him. Let’s be wise and ready to answer God’s call on our lives – clothing ourselves in righteousness with a fully devoted heart for Jesus’ return.
As we allow God to do a deep work within us, let us remember that His promises are true and everlasting. We can trust that He will guide and support us as we walk with Him, and we can turn to Him for wisdom and inspiration. Even in difficult times, may we give thanks to our Lord because He is the God of restoration, Who does the impossible, Who loves us unconditionally and offers us peace and a joyful song of hope. Let us be grateful for His kindness, mercy and love that endures forever. Instead of ruins, we can look forward to a future filled with joy and gladness!
Our Heavenly Father, we are so blessed to come to You in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ who died for us. We thank You so much that You hold us in Your arms. When things happen, we know You are there. We don’t have to doubt it, Lord. Even if we don’t see what is happening and we don’t understand, we know that You do, and You will never leave us. Your word says You will never leave us, You will never forsake us, and You are always with us. Lord help us to hold on to those promises. And Lord even in times when we tremble – when we don’t feel strong or courageous – we can release and give it over to You. Thank You Lord. We love You so much and we pray this in the precious and wonderful name of Jesus Christ.
I pray Holy Spirit that You will guide, lead and teach us. That You will draw us into an intimate, delightful relationship with the One whom we love. I pray that the first love that we had for the Lord when we met Him would be re-ignited within us. May we be stirred with passion which prepares us as the bride waiting for the Bridegroom. I pray this in Jesus’ name.
Lord, we thank You that You are a good Father. You love us, and everything that You want for us is good. We pray that You will help us to come back to the basics – to remain rooted and grounded in You and standing firm on our solid Rock, Jesus Christ. We pray that we will put You first in everything we do. Help us to be faithful with the little things, Father, so that we may be granted much. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
Lord Jesus, thank you for always being available to us. We know that we are always welcome. You have placed us on earth with abilities, skills and talents from Your hand. Your power is available to all of us to make a difference where You want us to, and in all the places You send us. Bless each person that they would seek Your guidance, sit at Your feet and receive Your inspiration.
Lord Jesus, thank You, thank You, thank You that You alone are the restorer, and You alone are the rebuilder of all things. You are making all things new in our lives – even those areas where we feel that we failed; or those areas that are dry; or those areas where we just don’t see how You can use it for Kingdom glory. Thank You that we can bring each situation, and lay them at Your feet. Through confession and repentance, we can rest assured that You are going to bring a new sound of joy and gladness in our hearts. We can know that our lives will be a reflection of Your goodness and of Your faithfulness. We love You, and we all need You in different areas of our hearts and lives today. We ask again, in this place of ruin Lord, that You would bring gladness and joy into our hearts and lives. May this ultimately bring glory and the honour of Your name alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
(This WRAP is with great appreciation towards Chris, Monica, Carina, Ruperta and Kristen)
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