What’s On Your Wall?

Jen’s Gem:  Let God heal your heart.

Years ago, when I was just starting on social media, I had to learn the new lingo. The daughter of a friend was helping me to set up my Facebook profile and when it was done, she proclaimed, “Now people can post on your wall!”

That seemed an odd term to describe something that was virtual. Walls are physical things. They’re made of brick or wood or steel. They are strong and tough to break down or break through.

This week I heard a teaching on the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-21). If you are not familiar with the story, Jericho was a city that God had promised to the people of Israel. However, it was surrounded by a wall  – a pretty big wall. Like, really big.

God gave instructions for the Israelites to march around the city, singing and praising seven times each day for seven days. If they did this, the wall would come down and the city would be theirs. On the seventh day, the wall of Jericho was a pile of rubble.

Walls take a long time to build. Typically, they are created to protect something, to keep intruders out, and to keep those on the other side of it safe. They are built to last a long time.

Many of us have built walls around ourselves – our hearts. We did this because of being hurt in some way. Perhaps if we’ve been hurt repeatedly, the wall got bigger or thicker over time.

Yet, when we fail to let people in, we also fail to let them see us for who we really are. Instead, we put on a mask, playing a role so that no one will get too close. No one will see us for what and who we really are.

Except there is Someone who does see us. He sees through our walls. He sees our broken hearts. And He wants to heal them.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-30 NKJV).

The passage above is Jesus speaking. In these few short sentences, He declares six things that He was sent to accomplish during His time on earth. If we were to summarize or paraphrase this passage, it might say something like:

“My Father has sent Me to break down the walls that keep my kids from living the life I created them to live.”

I don’t know what wall you may have constructed and fortified to keep you protected. You may be afraid to think about tearing it down. “Who will I be?” “What if I get hurt again?” “What if people don’t like the real me?”

Yet what if when that wall is torn down, unspeakable joy and blessings are on the other side as was the case for the Israelites? What if deliverance is awaiting you on the other side of that wall?

We will never know unless we begin to tear it down, day by day, little by little. It likely won’t happen in seven days and we may not be singing through the process, but it will happen.

“He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3 NKJV)

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