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.
“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.
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: