Isaiah 61:4 [NIV]

"They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations." 

Ancient ruins are remnants of greatness. These structures crumble with age and decay, but there is no question that they embody greatness. We behold these ruins in awe. We don't fixate on what's dying or falling apart; instead, we imagine what they would have looked like in their wholeness. We imagine the splendor and the majesty of these structures in their prime. 

We all have figurative 'ruins.' They might be dreams that we felt crumbled and died. They might be generational sins in our family lines that have caused division. They might be wounds from our past that hold us in a pattern of bondage.

 I want to encourage you today that God also sees these things. But, in the same way we can gaze upon ruins and see splendor, God looks at your ruins as fertile fields to plant Hope. God will never leave you or forsake you. And these verses from Isaiah remind us that our God is a God who rebuilds. He won't leave you in ruins. He longs to rebuild and restore what was once magnificent. I encourage you to revisit any 'ancient ruins' in your heart. Find those places you've written off as desolate and demolished. Submit these places to God and open your ears to hear what he longs to restore. Open your eyes to see these places rebuilt and behold the majesty and splendor that God intends for you. He works all things together for good. Believe that He can, and that He will, rebuild 'the places long devastated.' 

Jessica Tinnesz // Kids Pastor

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