A Life Without Walls

“While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: ‘Run, tell that young man, “Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it.”

– Zechariah 2:3,4

Upon settling back into Israel after seventy years of exile, the Jews heard from the Lord through the prophet Zechariah, who instructed them to return to God with the corresponding promise that He would return to them. An important part of demonstrating their renewed faith in the Lord was that they would build His temple before reconstructing other parts of the city.

Accordingly, since their efforts would be focused on erecting God’s House, at least for a season, Jerusalem would be without walls. While this doesn’t mean much to us today, back then, it was simply unheard of. Nearly every town and settlement was enclosed by some type of barrier that provided protection. A properly-constructed wall allowed for observation and fortification against a siege of enemy troops, and the only cities that didn’t need them were those boasting such great armies that no one would dare touch them (i.e. Persia or Babylon). Therefore, when the Lord made this declaration about Jerusalem, He was foretelling that one day, it would be so great and powerful that it would not need a physical wall around its border.

My friend, the Lord provides glory and protection for the kingdom He’s placed within your heart. No longer do you need to build walls around your wounds or vulnerabilities, but rather, you can surrender and allow His healing power to beam hope from deep within. Though it’s tempting to hide behind barriers of control, abundant living is not found when you insist on being your own lord. Instead, every good and perfect gift comes through surrendering to the One who knew the number of your days before any of them came to be.

Prayer


Jesus, please tear down the walls I’ve built around my heart.

Reflection


Do you live a life without walls?

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