Repairing Our Boundaries
2 Chronicles 32:5-9
We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.
Recovery involves repairing or building healthy boundaries in the places where our boundaries are weak or defective. Boundaries are the limits set in our lives for our protection. Perhaps boundaries have been violently trampled down through abuse, or they may have grown weaker as we lost our ability to maintain limits. We let people walk all over us or let down our guard against our own destructive behavior.
In Bible times each city was fortified by boundary walls that served as protection from outside enemies. If these walls were weak or broken there was grave danger of an invasion and destruction. At one point in Israel's history an enemy was threatening to attack Jerusalem. The king "worked hard at repairing all the broken sections of the wall, erecting towers, and constructing a second wall outside the first. He... encouraged them by saying: 'Be strong and courageous! ...We have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!' Hezekiah's words greatly encouraged the people" (2 Chronicles 32:5-8).
Part of the recovery process involves repairing our boundaries. We can also construct a second wall of defense by developing a strong support network around us. We will still need to be brave and remember that whatever enemies we face in the form of destructive behaviors, there is someone with us who is far greater. We, too, can let this greatly encourage us!
Looking through the eyes of faith helps us to see the support that God provides around us.