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Rebuild the Wall
by Jenny on February 25th, 2018

"You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the LORD." Ezekiel 13:5

I want to help women know God through His Word, the Bible. I've expressed that desire in my journal nearly a thousand times over the past ten years. I do not share this statement as a desperate plea to event coordinators, but rather to simply proclaim that I know my purpose in life. One thing that has impressed me as I've watched footage of the legacy of the great Reverend Doctor Billy Graham is that he knew his life was to be about one simple thing . . . proclaiming the message of Jesus. I know the goal toward which I should work . . . helping women come to know God through a relationship with Christ, and to help women further build that relationship by teaching them how to find God in His Word.

Ezekiel had a similar purpose. Ezekiel was a prophet of God during a time of exile. God's people had forsaken God's ways and instead had turned to idols in attempt to satisfy their needs. To remind them of their need for Him, God allowed an enemy to capture His people and lead them into exile. But even in exile, God expresses His love for His people by saying," I will be a sanctuary to you . . ." Not, "I will build you a sanctuary," but He Himself would be their sanctuary. God loves His people (Ezekiel 11:16).

In the thirteenth chapter of Ezekiel, God instructs Ezekiel to warn of coming judgement against false prophets. God condemns these prophets for failing to do something to repair the breaks in the walls around the nation of Israel. "You have not helped it to stand firm in battle." (Ezekiel 13:5)

How should the prophets have helped? Were they expert builders, carpenters, stone-workers who simply failed to show up on the job and exercise their skills? No. These false prophets were condemned because they failed to strengthen God's people with the truth of God's Word. The wall is a metaphor. The prophets were to help reinforce, to build-up the faith and the relationship of the people with their God by proclaiming and reminding them of His Word.

God goes on to say in verses 10-11, "It's as if the people have built a flimsy wall, and these [false] prophets are trying to reinforce it by covering it with whitewash! . . . Tell these whitewashers that their wall will soon fall down. A heavy rainstorm will undermine it; great hailstones and mighty winds will knock it down."

Jesus warns against a similar type of construction (and destruction) in Matthew 7:24-27.

"Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Because I had not learned to build the foundation of my life on the solidity of God's Word, my house of faith collapsed after my daughter passed away in 2005.

At that time I knew ONE Scripture verse.

One.

First Corinthians 2:9 reads, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." One verse kept me from walking away from my faith altogether. I wanted to believe that a First Corinthians 2:9 type of life was still available to me, even as a bereaved mom. Desperate for hope I began to study God's Word for the first time. I needed to know more about this God who had supposedly planed great things for me. I needed to see just how God might work tragedy for good. I was on house-arrest for nearly two years due to my surviving twin daughter's fragile health, so for two years I sought-out God through His Word.

I am not a prophet. I am not a Bible scholar. I am no more special to God than any one of His  children. But I do love to study, and I know God reveals Himself through His Word. God promises that if we seek Him we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13, Matthew 7:7). God wants to be with us (indeed, He IS with us) even if we have exiled ourselves due to a lack of obedience to Him.

I believe God made me to walk alongside women, especially despondent women, as they seek to know God through His Word. I don't want to be like the false prophets of Ezekiel's time who failed to help strengthen and support God's people during their time of need. Instead, when I stand before Christ, I want to hear what I feel certain Dr. Billy Graham heard, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Well done."

Do you have holes in your heart? Cracks in the foundation of your faith? No foundation at all? I would love to partner with you as you rebuild the wall around your soul.


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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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