Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Walls We Build - September 10, 2017

Walls have gotten a lot of attention this past year. I have been thinking of walls and wall building and how it relates to us on a personal level. There is mention many times of walls and wall building throughout the Bible. God has given us scripture that talks of building walls for protection, guarded with watchtowers and gates or even angels. The topic is not new. 

Walls provide a protected space. With a wall the "outside" is separated from the "inside." It is human nature to build walls.
At the same time, walls built against us seem like obstacles or challenges that we often want to tear down or climb. Walls can be barriers against us, keeping us from reaching the place inside that we desire. Ironically, many of the walls in the Bible and in other parts of the world eventually get torn down or broken through.

How many walls are in your life?
Do you have invisible walls that you have created? Many of us have social walls that we build to protect the inner confidence, the inner comfort, or the inner pride. As adults we have all built walls in our life. We may build walls because of life events, bad things happen and we construct a wall to help us cope. Someone hurts us in some way and we build a wall to insulate us and help protect us from further harm. But how many of us have built a wall between ourselves and God?

As children we usually have fewer walls, we are like glass houses, transparent and easy to see. Life gets in the way as we grow older and our walls begin to grow. The older we get or the more life challenges we face, the more walls we build. We should all remember that Jesus tells us to be like little children 
in Matthew 18:3
“Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Our walls often keep us from fully enjoying the life God has given us. Walls in our faith keep us from enjoying the relationship between us and our Heavenly Father. I would like to invite you all to do the same thing I have been doing for the last month or so. Recognize the walls you have and carefully consider how they affect your life. Like scripture tells us walls can provide safety but walls can also block opportunity. Let your faith grow without barriers and open the wall around your heart to God. Let Him in and let Him reside with you in your safe spot. No wall is too great for God to break through! 

As the Psalmist writes in Psalms 18:29 “In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.”