[From Nov. 30, 2011]
"Jerusalem shall be inhabited like villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and animals in it. For I will be a wall of fire all around it, says the Lord, and I will be the glory within it."
When we spent a month in England, we had the pleasure of visiting the city of York. York is known for being one of the remaining "walled cities" in the UK. Back in the day, it was crucial for a city to be walled - for protection, safety, and security. Those outside the walls were extremely vulnerable to attack.
The prophet Zechariah knows about walled cities. God grants him a vision (a man with a measuring line) and tells him that Jerusalem shall be "like villages without walls." God will be "a wall of fire" around it. They won't have to worry about protection and defense - God has their back! Can you imagine the weight off their shoulders with news like that? Now they're free to do things like draw closer to God and be about God's business of reconciliation and peace. What a gift!
What would it mean for us to drop our "walls of defense & protection"? What if we gave up trying to plan out our safety net of retirement, and instead focused on what God wanted us to be focusing on - His kingdom here and now... all around us!?!