"They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations."
In the year of the Lord’s favor, Isaiah said, this would happen: the rebuilding of ancient ruins, of the devastations of many generations. In its historical context, the immediate fulfillment was the return of the exiles from Babylon to rebuild Judah. But the chapter goes on and indicates a deeper, spiritual fulfillment.
In the year of the Lord’s favor - that is to say, in God’s time - we will be rebuilding the churches that have been devastated for generations by the false teaching of unfaithful pastors and teachers who rejected the Word of God and destroyed the faith of many. Whole congregations lie in ruins after decades of apostasy. Entire denominations have been left in spiritual ruin.
What will it take for this to happen? When will the restoration and rebuilding come?
I believe it’s now. There is much work to be done, rubble to be cleared, and building stones to be rescued from the ashes. We desperately need more workers to make it happen. But in the year of the Lord’s favor it will come. “Pray the Lord of the harvest, that He would send workers into His harvest.”
Lord, I ask You for fifty new pastors and fifty new lay pastors to step up within our little group of churches. I pray that You would raise up faithful evangelists and shepherds to receive the coming revival in our country and around the world. Show me what my part is to be in this rebuilding, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles