Our Walls

I had a fascinating conversation with a brother this morning. He shared with me some things that really help me see Life from a different perspective.

It’s about walls. Our walls.

Our WallsWe discussed this passage:

“Therefore this iniquity will be to you like a breach about to fall, a bulge in a high wall, whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant, whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter’s jar, so ruthlessly shattered that a sherd will not be found among its pieces to take fire from a hearth or to scoop water from a cistern.”

For thus the Lord God the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,” therefore you shall flee! “And we will ride on swift horses,” therefore those who pursue you shall be swift. One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; you will flee at the threat of five, until you are left as a flag on a mountain top and as a signal on a hill. (Isaiah 30:13-17 NASB)

Pretty powerful stuff!

Think about this from the perspective of walls. We barricade ourselves inside of these walls we know, these walls of clay. We protect our selves from any type of breach. If we feel breaking coming, we build up that wall. We are religious in this process to protect our selves from breaking.

What if we realized this passage of declaration from our Creator? What if we realized that breaking is coming. And not just breaking, but obliteration. Obliteration of history, of the past, of our issues, of our self, of our ambitions, of our dreams and expectations and hopes.

Gone.

To dust.

To where there is no remnant of us.

Then our Creator and Molder and Potter can begin again, molding us into the resurrected shape and form He has for us.

This process is an individual journey, but more importantly, in the Body of Christ, it is a corporate one. Hear verse 18 of this passage again for the first time:

Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him. (Isaiah 30:18 NASB)

May we be potsherds for the Potter to begin His New Work. May we not flee on horses, or barricade the bulges of brokenness. But may we stand. May we rest. May our repentance truly bring us into His Perfecting Work for His Kingdom. And may we long for Him.

For reading on another perspective of repentance, click through these two posts:

The Repentance Myth, part 1
The Repentance Myth, part 2

11 comments

  1. Jim Gregg · February 12, 2013

    What a beautiful passage and a beautiful perspective on that Truth. Thanks for sharing.

    • marklchampion · February 14, 2013

      Thanks for reading Jim. His Truth is hopefully our Reality sooner than later. I appreciate you brother.

  2. Michael K. · February 12, 2013

    Thanks for that Mark. This was much needed nourishment for me tonight. The Lord makes us full only by emptying us first. This doesn’t “feel” good – but those who wait for fullness to be revealed are filled. God is blessing us when he tears down walls. What an illogical concept!

    • marklchampion · February 14, 2013

      When my stomach is empty, it roars! What fills the space after that is thoroughly enjoyable. I know that is the process for all of us. Glad you are with us on this journey. His fullness is incomparable!

  3. Shane Ocon · February 13, 2013

    The Lord loves so extravagantly. His mercy is beyond comprehension. We love because He first loved us. May we abound in His love for one another!

  4. jimpuntney · February 13, 2013

    “For thus the Lord God the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

    This portion ‘jumped’ off the screen, this is what our Lord is asking of us, repentance (a new life), and rest, we rest from our works ‘in’ Him, we rest from our doing and the allow His Being to become our doing.

    As we rest ‘in’ Him the total abandonment of our works is made possible, and in so doing we find Life.

    Thanks for posting this Mark!

    • marklchampion · February 14, 2013

      Rest is a wonderful place to be. Not do. That’s right. Thanks for reading Jim. Your portion is priceless. Thank you for sharing.

  5. hectorsue23 · February 13, 2013

    I think these walls are broken from the inside out. They are obliterated from His life inside us exploding into the natural. It’s not to expose us, but rather to expose Him! His grace, His Mercy, His Love. His Strength. We rest in Him and have no concern of ourselves…

    • marklchampion · February 14, 2013

      Amen Heather! What a great perspective! We don’t have to have concern for building walls, or reestablishing them. Allowing Christ in us to demolish anything that is not of Him. Beautiful! Thanks for reading and sharing.

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