Recently, Apostle Rhonda Travitt preached a powerful message about Rebuilding Ruins taken from Isaiah chapter sixty-one:
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations (verse 4).
In this passage God gives His people hope for the future and calls us to bring restoration by walking in His promises.
At the time of this writing, the whole world seems to have turned upside down. The outbreak of a new, contagious virus has shut down airlines and virtually closed the borders of nations around the globe. Well-established and profitable companies are struggling to remain afloat, while some have filed for bankruptcy. The ripple effect of the pandemic along with recent natural disasters and political upheaval in several countries is touching every household in some way. Americans are bracing for a meat shortage while leaders of oil-rich countries watch as petroleum has plummeted to an unbelievable price of less than negative $30.00 per barrel.
In times like this, the Lord of Glory commands us to look at the ruins around us and resolve to become master builders. All through the Bible there are testimonies of our God bringing something out of nothing, and He commands us to get connected to His miraculous power and do the same.
Here are a few Scriptures to build your faith and give you an expectation to see beauty rise from the ashes that surround our world, our country, our community, and even our families.
Genesis 26: 1, 12
There was a famine in the land…Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.
Moses held out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind. It blew all night and turned the sea into dry land. The water was divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on both sides.
Then Jehovah said to Moses, “Take the elders of Israel with you and lead the people out to Mount Horeb. I will meet you there at the rock. Strike it with your rod—the same one you struck the Nile with—and water will come pouring out, enough for everyone!” Moses did as he was told, and the water gushed out!
I Samuel 2:8
God raises the poor from the dust, lifts up the needy from the garbage pile. God sits them with officials, gives them the seat of honor! The pillars of the earth belong to the Lord; he set the world on top of them!
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (NKJV)
Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none. (The VOICE)
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish.” Jesus said, “Bring the bread and the fish to me.” Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves of bread and the two fish. He looked into the sky and thanked God for the food. Then he broke the bread into pieces, which he gave to the followers, and they gave the food to the people. Everyone ate until they were full.
When [Jesus] finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Push the boat out further to the deep water, and you and your partners let down your nets for a catch.” “Master,” Simon answered, “we worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will let down the nets.” They let them down and caught such a large number of fish that the nets were about to break. So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full of fish that the boats were about to sink.
Hebrews 11: 3
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (KJV)
And it is after all only by faith that our minds accept as fact that the whole scheme of time and space was created by God’s command—that the world which we can see has come into being through principles which are invisible. (Phillips)
Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. (NLT)
And so a whole nation came from Abraham, who was too old to have even one child—a nation with so many millions of people that, like the stars of the sky and the sand on the ocean shores, there is no way to count them. (The Living Bible)
Do you see the common theme in these verses? All of these Scriptures show us how the Lord God is able to bring something out of nothing! No matter how barren we may feel inside or how miserable things are around us, He has given us His life-giving, creative power to build great things to the glory of His name.
If you’re looking at yourself thinking that you don’t have much to offer, take heart! This same principle of ‘something out of nothing’ applies to us as well. Jesus took ordinary tax collectors, fishermen, uneducated men, and women with bad reputations to demonstrate the power of God and bring salvation to a lost world. He is going to do wonders through you!
Now remember what you were, my friends, when God called you. From the human point of view few of you were wise or powerful or of high social standing. God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful. He chose what the world looks down on and despises and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important. (I Corinthians 1:26-28)
Meditate on these verses and refuse to give in to what you see around you. The song at the end of this article reminds us that God will make a way where there seems to be no way. The more impossible the circumstances appear, the greater the praise will be when the restoration is complete. Hallelujah!