In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: Amos 9:11.
THIS verse is quoted in Acts 15:16 by James, the leader of the church in Jerusalem. Before rebuilding the tabernacle, our God wants to repair the breaches found in it. Rebuilding starts with repair. In a building while doorways and openings are designed, breaches simply happen due to various reasons.
Breaches can happen anywhere. They can happen in a city as it is mentioned in Ezekiel 26:10.They can happen in a house as mentioned in Amos 6:11. Or they can happen in a tent as we see in Amos 9:11.
No matter, where the breaches occur our God wants to repair them today. Praise Him for that. There are at least three reasons why God wants to repair the breaches in our lives.
1. Breaches are entry points for the enemy
The enemy brings with him agony and despair. We read in Nehemiah 6:1 that Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of Israel’s enemies, heard that Nehemiah had built the wall, and that there was no breach in it. The enemy wants a breach in your life so he can gain entry into it and have his way.
In Daniel 5, we see a king whose power was taken away from him despite having a strong fortress to protect him.
In Luke 11:24-26, Jesus talks about a demon that brings with it seven more unclean spirits into a house. The reason: Although the house is swept clean, evil that resided there earlier had not yet been replaced by good.
Again in Matthew 26:41 Jesus asks His disciples to watch and pray lest they fall into temptations. Prayerlessness is a breach in a believer’s life. Breaches, we must remember, won’t disappear on their own. We have to take time to repair them.
In Nehemiah 13, we see an incensed man of God putting out the belongings of Tobiah who had occupied a place in the house of God in his absence. Thereafter, Nehemiah cleanses the chambers.
Has anything other than God taken primacy in your life? Take care to examine yourself and weed out those things that have encroached the place that belongs to God. Anything that takes up the place meant for God in your life is a breach that can bring in a satanic attack.
2. Breaches are points of drainage
In Haggai 1:6 and Jeremiah 2:13 we read of a people who sow much but bring in little, who earn much only to put the earnings in a bag of holes. They hold broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Are there breaches in your life? If you are wondering why there is not enough in your life to meet your needs, remember perhaps there may be breaches in your life.
A wrong relationship that the mighty warrior Samson got into was the breach in his life that drained all his strength (Judges 16:17).
In Hosea 7:8,9 we see that Ephraim’s strength is being wasted even without his knowledge.
Are there breaches in your life? Take time to consider if your priorities are right. The church at Corinth had nine gifts yet there was a breach that drained their blessings (2 Corinthians 12:20,21).
Despite possessing grace in abundant measure, the church was warned by the writer of Hebrews to rid of its spirit of bitterness lest troubles were caused and people were defiled (Hebrews 12:15).
3. Breaches can be entry points of God’s wrath
When Israel camped at Shittim, the people joined forces with the Moabites and prostrated themselves before their gods. God’s wrath was so furious that it would have wiped out the whole of the chosen nation had not Phinehas intervened. The javelin of Phinehas, we read in Numbers 25:5, abated the fury of God.
King Solomon was diligent in repairing the breaches of the city of David, but he ignored to repair the breaches in his own life. During Nehemiah’s time, all the eight doors of the fortress had breaches. However, the man of God took time to repair each one of them and rebuild the wall.
What must you do to repair the breaches?
1. Beware of the foxes that attack your garden. They may be ‘little foxes’ (Song of Solomon 2:15), appear to be insignificant or having little or no impact on our lives. But remember these attackers are after our tender grapes. One day, they may be in a position to completely ruin our spiritual life. Let your fountain be protected and your garden be fenced and well-hedged (Song of Solomon 4:12).
2. Don’t be a well without water (2 Peter 2:17). Beware of the words that come out of your mouth. Let them not be vain or boastful but let them be truthful glorifying God and edifying the faith of others. Remember we will have to give account for every word that came out of our mouth.
3. Earn the name ‘Repairer of the breach’ (Isaiah 58:12). Strive to restore your relationship with God first. Then, stand in the gap and plead for the salvation of the world like Moses did. ‘Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy (them).’ (Psalm 106:23). Above all, like Nehemiah let us have no truck with the enemy. Let us have no compromise with the devil and his agents. (Nehemiah 6:1-3).
The writer is the senior pastor at Assembly of God Church in Anna Nagar, Chennai, India).