“Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.” – Jeremiah 1:10.
In Old Testament times, Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon were nations towering in might and strength. These powerful nations were household names, marching back and forth, threatening one another, confident in their power. God picks out an obscure young man named Jeremiah from a tiny town in a small, obscure country, and sends him to uproot, tear down, destroy, and overthrow. But the commission to Jeremiah doesn’t end with destruction. He also says, “Others you must build up and plant.”
The same power with which God brought judgment against the brokenness of Israel is the power with which He promised to eventually rebuild what was broken. Just a few verses later, the Lord says, “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” (Jeremiah 31:33–34)
God promised to rebuild what had been destroyed and to replant what had been uprooted. He proved Himself to be a righteous, powerful, and just judge but He also promised to prove Himself to be an equally patient, compassionate, and merciful Redeemer and Rebuilder. And the rebuild began when He sent His Son. When God promised to build us up — to give us a new heart and a new covenant — He was promising to tear down His beloved Son. God the Son was uprooted, torn down, overthrown, and destroyed so that He could make us new.
God is a God of restoration. When we look at Romans 5:10, we see that God actually restored our relationship to Him through the death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. “For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. We were enemies of God through sin. And through Jesus, God restored our relationship to Him.” God can restore relationships, and restoration is part of His plan.
In this Easter season, look for ways to embrace God’s presence in your life every day. He understands your weaknesses. You are able to relax and surrender in Him on days when you think we’ve got it all together and when you don’t seem to have anything figured out. We will still get anxious sometimes. We will experience brokenness in our lives. God is not distant. He wants a relationship with each one of us. He wants to repair or mend what needs to be fixed. He is healing and hope for our brokenness. There is nothing that God can’t repair or rebuild.
- God wants to repair/restore/rebuild your relationship with Him: agree or disagree and why?
- In what ways could God help you rebuild your life?