"They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations." (Isaiah 61:4, NIV)

Isaiah 61 speaks of a time of restoration for God's people. They had been scattered in judgement and the ruined
cities and desolate buildings were a vivid reminder of that fact. In Luke 4, Jesus reads the opening part of
Isaiah 61 and says that this has been fulfilled. Jesus was bringing about the long-awaited restoration of God's
people. The promises were being kept and ruined hearts and minds would be rebuilt in the power of the Spirit.
Sometimes our lives can look and feel like ancient ruins - monuments to so much potential and perhaps reminders 
of better times, but not as they should be. Our churches might even be in physical disrepair sometimes; but what 
matters far more is the state of people's hearts and minds. Are we in need of restoration? Have we asked Jesus 
to come in the power of the Spirit to mend our broken lives?
We can be transformed from heaps of rubble into living stones - made into a part of the living, glorious temple of God.
The Spirit of God is on Jesus Christ because he has been anointed to bring good news to us all - we can be restored!
You might like to ponder which areas of your life as an individual and also as part of God's people might be in need
of the restoring power of God. Do you sense the hope of fulfilled promises? Can you see new life being breathed
into the rubble? God can not only rebuild us, but also make us better than we were. Let Him bring beauty out of
ashes in your life today.