Saturday: 28th September, 2019
Reference text: Zechariah 2:5-9,14-15
Zechariah 2:5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
If there was some expectation to see some of the lyrics to Liverpool FC’s “You’ ll never walk alone” in today’s reflection, then apologies for the disappointment. When one decides to put up a mansion, besides the strong doors in the main building, a second key feature that seems to suggest good security is a wall. A high wall with barbed wires or spikes on top in addition to alarms at various intervals. Even further, security cameras mounted at key points which are linked to security services for immediate response can be installed.
In other words, it seems the more sophisticated your wall is, the better protected you are within your own house. Yet, in spite of the increasing population of people and livestock in Jerusalem, the words of the Lord were this: your city will be inhabited unwalled. To any one watching from outside, an increasing population and livestock meant increasing wealth, thus making Jerusalem more open to plunder by enemies around.
A wall would therefore have been a descent deterrant for starters, but God said NO to a physical wall. Instead, He presented an even better offer ‘I myself will be a wall of fire around the city’. I don’t know about you but putting the wall described in the opening parapragh and one of fire side by side, my obvious choose would be the one of fire.
This is the message then : you are not protected because of the walls around your home, nor are you protected because you live and eat healthy. There may not be a physical wall around you, but an unseen wall of fire encamps around you with a host of angels encamped outside this wall. Sweetheart,
God never leaves you UNWALLED for you are too precious to leave exposed to plunder.