Every Christmas Eve, Raymond [my dad] slipped out of the house to do some last-minute shopping. He browsed the stores for broken items—something he could repair. Before the days of full refunds and in-store credits, most shop owners were happy to make a few dollars on defective products, worn-out demos, dismembered toys, and such. Raymond, always a good negotiator, whittled the prices down to almost nothing.
He hid these soon-to-be Christmas gifts in the garage. After his children went to bed, he would sneak out to his workshop, often staying up all night to restore them to mint condition.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings (Isaiah 58:12).
Isaiah’s prophecy applies to Christians as well. When we yield to God, He will use us to help repair torn lives, fix splintered families, and rebuild shattered hopes. God desires to restore His people to their original purpose and glory.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me minister to others in the same way You’ve ministered to me.
Quicklook: Isaiah 58:11–14
—Charles Earl Harrel
God’s Word for Today © 2011 Gospel Publishing House (used by permission)