Repairers of the Breach
“And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of [buildings that have laid waste for] many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” Isaiah 58:12 (Amplified Bible)
Recently I have had cause to reflect on one of the many ways the devil attempts to steal, kill and destroy the abundant life that God intended to exist within the family structure both immediate and extended.
My reflection led me to an examination of the word “breach”. One dictionary defines it as:
- the act or a result of breaking; break or rupture.
- an infraction or violation, as of a law, trust, faith, or promise.
- a gap made in a wall, fortification, line of soldiers, etc.; rift; fissure.
- a severance of friendly relations.
When a family operates in unity, God’s Word, which cannot return onto Him void is made manifest in and among family members through the promise contained in Psalm 133:1-3, which beautifully states:
BEHOLD, HOW good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity…for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.
With the blessing, united families can experience peace, abundant joy, strength to face the battles of the day concomitant with the ultimate victory over those battles, manifested potential in individuals and in the families as a whole to be shining lights and ports of peace within their communities. Something so critically needed in a world so filled with uncertainty, strife and violence.
With such a promise available to us, why is it that we can so often forfeit that promise and in its place experience the bitterest degrees of division leaving us sorely wounded, depressed, hopeless, isolated within a setting that was Divinely designed to be a place of solace, nurturing, restoration and abundant love?
I believe, that the answer lies in part in the fact that the devil knows more than we do how lethal healthy, Godly families can be in the certain destruction of his kingdom. In addition, it is so easy to forget that it is not against flesh and blood that we wrestle but against principalities, powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places. In forgetting the above we easily fall prey to his lies and succumb to his attacks against the Godly fortifications around each family and quickly become each other’s enemies. We then allow offense to take root and to sprout seeds of bitterness, rejection, resentment and unforgiveness , which can spread their poison over generations – remember the family feuds of the Wild Wild West days?
Our main defense over this very clever ruse of the enemy is to take shelter under the Cross which we have all been commanded to carry daily. It is through the carrying of the Cross that the Lord masterfully causes our flesh to be mortified (the place that so easily responds to offense) and facilitates the birthing and maturation of the new Christ life within. He in us then becomes the driving force in all of our relationships; ensuring that the God kind of love (Agape as described in 1 Corinthians 13) is manifested. It is through the daily carrying of the Cross that the fruit of the Spirit can begin to consistently operate within us.
“But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. Galatians 5:22-23 (Amplified Bible)
Once these fruit are operating it becomes easier as we die to self, to get past the behavior in each other that can so easily offend and begin to see each one of us as God sees us. He looks past our mess and holds fast to His finished work in us, seeing us as the apple of His eye and the object of His amazing, transforming love.
I personally have experienced and witnessed the power of God’s love operating within to restore relationships which I of my own understanding and volition would have wanted to see buried a long time ago in order to protect self.
Through the grace of God, though, I am learning that that route would have only led to short term satisfaction and a mirage of peace of mind. For deep down in my heart, I could not be at rest when division and isolation were allowed to persist. The God life in me could not be at peace when I and those that I love were at loggerheads with each other. Admittedly it is not an easy thing sometimes to see beyond the pain we can cause each other, but I purpose to remember that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me as I learn to love as He loves.
I believe that it is time to declare to the devil, enough is enough. Come into agreement with the Lord and begin to take back all that the devil has stolen from the potential for our families to glorify God through the quality and demonstration of our love for each other.
Let us purpose to with the help of God, to build the cords of Godly love that cannot be broken. Let each one of us take the first step to become “Repairers of the breach”.