He will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundation be laid.” (Isa. 44:28)

FROM GENESIS TO TODAY, God continually reaches out to humankind. His most fervent desire is to redeem us from our sins so we can once again walk with Him as Adam did in the garden of Eden. Through His prophet Isaiah, God’s words are those of love and yearning. Eternal, creator, redeemer—our Lord calls us to His side to once again dwell in His presence. For the Israelites, that meant rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.

For Christians, Jesus is our foundation and our rebuilder. We Christians are now the temple, are we not? He rebuilds our relationship with Him, but He also reconstructs our lives out of the ruins we have become, just as He promised through Isaiah’s prophecy to rebuild the Jerusalem temple out of the rubble. Christ dwells in us. Until we see Him face-to-face in eternity when He calls us home or returns for us, we are in the process of being rebuilt to His glory, stone by stone, step by step. Lord, may we dwell in you and you in us.

Our Lord, the Creator of all, is also our firm foundation. When are grounded in Him, our hearts and our faith can be rebuilt into a firm structure that nothing can topple. Heartaches, illnesses, tragedies, even death will not destroy what God had built up in us.

Build your faith on Christ so He can rebuild you.

Julie B. Cosgrove is a widowed Christian author and speaker who lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She is involved with women’s and outreach ministries.