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Rebuilding the Ruins - All Our Daily Bread Daily Devotionals for 2022

Rebuilding the Ruins details logo Our Daily Bread - Monday, December 28, 2020
by RBC Ministries
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Rebuilding the Ruins

Bible in a Year: Zechariah 5–8, Revelation 19

Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor.
Jeremiah 33:9

Today's Scripture & Insight: Jeremiah 33:6–11

At seventeen, Dowayne had to leave his family’s home in Manenberg, a part of Cape Town, South Africa, because of his stealing and addiction to heroin. He didn’t go far, building a shack of corrugated metal in his mother’s backyard, which soon became known as the Casino, a place to use drugs. When he was nineteen, however, Dowayne came to saving faith in Jesus. His journey off drugs was long and exhausting, but he got clean with God’s help and with the support of friends who are believers in Jesus. And ten years after Dowayne built the Casino, he and others turned the hut into a house church. What was once a dark and foreboding place now is a place of worship and prayer.

The leaders of this church look to Jeremiah 33 for how God can bring healing and restoration to people and places, as He’s done with Dowayne and the former Casino. The prophet Jeremiah spoke to God’s people in captivity, saying that although the city would not be spared, yet God would heal His people and would “rebuild them,” cleansing them from their sin (Jeremiah 33:7–8). Then the city would bring Him joy, renown, and honor (v. 9).

When we’re tempted to despair over the sin that brings heartbreak and brokenness, let’s continue to pray that God will bring healing and hope, even as He’s done in a backyard in Manenberg.

By: Amy Boucher Pye

Reflect & Pray
How have you seen God bring restoration in your own life and in the lives of others? How can you pray for His healing this day?


God, thank You for sparking new life in what appeared to be dead. Continue to work in me, that I might share Your saving love with others.


Rebuilding the Ruins





 

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