Monday, November 19, 2012
Pain in the Relapse
1 Kings 16:34 It was during his reign that Hiel, a man from Bethel, rebuilt Jericho. When he laid its foundations, it cost him the life of his oldest son, Abiram. And when he completed it and set up its gates, it cost him the life of his youngest son, Segub. This all happened according to the message from the LORD concerning Jericho spoken by Joshua son of Nun. In Joshua 6:26, the prophecy was given that whoever rebuilt the city of Jericho would lose their oldest and youngest son. A few hundred years later, it happened. When I think of Jericho, I think of the walls. The walls of Jericho were the symbol of strength, but God's people marched around them, and with a mighty praise the walls fell down flat. Those walls were standing between God's people and their promised land. No wonder God would punish the one who dared to rebuild what He tore down. If we, having been set free from the walls of addiction and sin, attempt to build those walls again, there will be pain in the relapse. It is for our own good, and it is a reminder of the separation that those walls were between us and Him. Let's leave what God destroyed, and let Him build us something new within the walls of jasper in our eternal city.