12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 13 When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. 14 Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles.15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
16 “‘After this I will return
and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild,
and I will restore it,
17 that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
even all the Gentiles who bear my name,
says the Lord, who does these things’—
18 things known from long ago.
We live in a throw-away society. When we buy a consumer good and it no longer works, we will throw it away instead of repairing it. On bigger ticket items, it is best to try to repair it. My brother-in-law told me about his car and how his axle is starting to fail. This is the same vehicle in which the engine was rebuilt a few years ago at considerable cost. He is thinking of just getting a new car instead of replacing the axle. At home, I had an old notebook computer that no longer started as it said ‘fan error’. The good news is that I found a replacement part from online and ordered a new fan. After an hour of watching an online video of how to replace the fan, I got the computer working again.
God has a plan for mankind. Instead of destroying all of mankind, He had a plan to rebuild the ruins. Mankind is sinful, broken and fallen into darkness. As much as we try to fix and rebuild our lives, it will always be an uphill struggle. There will be things that we have done in the past that continues to haunt us in our lives today. We could have some things in our hearts and attitudes that we are trying to improve, but find it difficult to continue. God gives us the tools to rebuild our lives. It will not happen overnight, but He will be with us through our journey as He rebuilds us the way He wants us to be.