Isaiah 65:21-24 NKJV
“They shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, Nor bring forth children for trouble; For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, And their offspring with them. “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.”
-Build in Hebrew is written as Banah and it means to establish. Build therefore brings out the aspect of incremental steps to establish. It is God’s design that His children keep building up, disregarding the circumstances that they encounter. In Exodus 14:15, God instructed the Israelites to keep going forward even as the continually cried to Him. We encounter various challenges in life including; personal issues, relational challenges, economic challenges, increasing prices of commodities and taxation levels, bad governance, family issues, work related challenges, low pay and discrimination at work, family issues, a perception to delay in response to prayers, etc. Psalms 34:19 reminds us that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers them out of them all. God calls us to focus on Him and not be discouraged by life situations by looking at the negative side. He reminds us to build houses and inhabit them, plant vineyards and eat their fruit, for He has blessed us. God calls us to keep moving forward for He is our God, He is with us, He answers us before we call, and nothing is difficult for Him.
Lord You are faithful, we worship You and honor You. You are our King of kings and Lord of lords, nothing is too hard for You. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, You never change. Thank You for the gift of life and enabling us to see this day. We know that You have a great purpose for us, how awesome is Your name Oh Lord. Your promises are Yes and Amen, we exult Your holy name. We ask You to do a new thing unto us and forgive us all our trespasses. Lord You have called us Lord to build up houses and inhabit them, to plant vineyards and eat their fruit, to move forward for You have blessed us. Thank You for Your love and grace upon us. May You continually bless us and make us fruitful in our lives, families, relationships, marriages, churches, ministries and nation. May You release breakthroughs in every aspect of our lives. May You bless us indeed and expand our territories. May You release Your dew from heaven and abound it upon us and our descendants. Thank You Lord for You will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Amen
Further reading: Jeremiah 32:27, Matthew 6:8