Once the Isrealites left Babylon and arrived back in Jerusalem, they discovered a bit of a mess. After seventy years away, they hardly knew where to begin when it came to rebuilding. Thankfully, the Lord spoke vividly through a young prophet named Zechariah, and he received a vision from the Holy Spirit whose message was clear — “Return to me and I will return to you.” Though the people had once turned their back on God and endured years of suffering as a result, their Heavenly Father was offering them a second chance. While there was much work to be done in the long-forsaken city, the Lord made it apparent that their first priority was to rebuild His temple. While this seems a bit impractical considering there were more “pressing” needs and projects, it cast a vision and symbolized their return to the One true source of blessing. This time, with hearts bowed before their Maker, the Israelites would invoke Him to be their guide and make His strength their source. Similarly, when we emerge from seasons of captivity to survival and begin to walk in freedom, it’s tempting to want to do it our way. However, in order to live to the full extent of our liberation, we need to do one very important thing — put the Lord first.
My friend, as you heal and move away from whatever has held you captive to any less than abundant life, it’s imperative to rely on your relationship with Jesus. Your heart is the home of His temple, and when you build the rhythms of your daily routine around His presence, you will experience the deepest and richest of spiritual blessings. By letting His priorities define yours, you invite peace, protection, healing, joy, and strength to fill your soul. Even better, you partner with the Holy Spirit in bringing His Kingdom to earth so others can witness His power and ask Him to mend their brokenness, too. Embrace the fullness of His life within, keep Him on the throne of your heart, and He will be a fountain of blessing that flows from your life and overflows to the world around you.