Saturday, February 8, 2014

God Never Repairs

They say God repairs the broken hearted. Probably, if the heart break  is God initiated, like in the case of Lazarus dying so the glory of God may be revealed [Jn.11.14]. But most times he demolishes, not just repair what remains standing. And especially, he never repairs man's broken efforts. In the case of Lazarus, God demolished unbelief in his disciples that they "may believe." Redress like that are never accomplished with mere, skin-deep repairs. The remedy should deal with the foundation. Demolishing is foundational.

We often think God repairs problematic churches through the revival services we have. We pray for these services well, thinking God would use them to repair the broken lives of believers who fell into sin, or broken relationships gone sour. We imagine God doing a little bit here and there, tinkering with some parts of the body of believers, and eventually making it whole again. We don't like the idea of God demolishing our entire accomplishments just because of some little things that need repair.

We forget the bible truth that God uproots and tears down, and then destroys and overthrows before he builds and plants [Jer.1.10]. That's Kingdom building technology. That's God's ways. It's not his way to just repair. Just look at the temple in Jerusalem. It was his idea to build it. He let his glory rest on it. He put his Name there forever. But when man messed it up, no repair was sufficient. God had to destroy it using the Babylonians. When God wants to restore something, he never repairs. He destroys to build anew.

And mind you, he never even "rebuilds" man's failed efforts. He may rebuild his spiritual projects which man tampered with and ruined, but he never rebuilds man's failed efforts. He totally demolishes them and builds anew his own. God will never finish what he never started. What is born of flesh is flesh. What is Spirit is Spirit.

God's Wall and Man's Wall

In Nehemiah's and Ezra's time, the temple was not repaired. It was rebuilt. The wall was the one repaired. But there are two kinds of walls in the Spirit realms--God's wall and man's wall. God's wall that surrounded Jerusalem and which was destroyed in the great exile was repaired as per God's instructions. He repaired or rebuilt it because it was his own. God never does that with anything man-made or anything put up by man's "bright" ideas or anything built with man's effort. He demolishes them outright and builds anew his own.

The Jerusalem Wall he ordered repaired, but the flimsy wall in Ezekiel 13 he did not. In fact, it angered him so much when he saw that wall being repaired. Watch this carefully:

“‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is 
no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 
11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. 

Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, 
and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you,
 “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”

13 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, 
and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury. 

And what was God's solution to the problem? To be sure, it wasn't repairing. 

"14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will 
level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. 
When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; 
and you will know that I am the Lord. 
15 So I will pour out my wrath against the wall and against those 
who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, 
“The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it,
16 those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace 
for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign Lord.”’

Man's churches and ministries, like church denominations, are all flimsy walls that easily crack. And church people think all they need to do is cover the cracks with whitewash or plaster. So, they hold revival services, summer camps, overnight prayer meetings, and non-stop worships for this--everything man's efforts [though prayed for], not realizing what God wants is to demolish their church denominations and build his own one, singular glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any blemish, holy and pure.

God will destroy both the flimsy wall and those who cover it with whitewash. There's no hint of repair or small touches of improvement in the Ezekiel passage. It's nothing less than total destruction. After that, genuine Kingdom building on earth happens. 

Yes, God never repairs. It's got to be God's own DNA stamped on the spiritual project. It's got to be God's flesh.