Wednesday, April 30, 2014

God and our brokenness

Something that is broken is not often thought to be useful in our society.  We discard things that are broken.  When people are broken and causing others pain, society seeks to do something with them as well. 

Yet it is a fact that we have all dealt with pain and brokenness, some more than others.  It is how we deal with our pain that speaks volumes about who we are and what we believe.  Brokenness ought to lead us, as followers of Jesus, to be stronger and more devoted to Him. 

We also need to remember that God is always listening and wanting to serve His children.  His heart to turned toward His children, listening to their prayers and helping often

Psalm 147:3 (NASB)
He heals the brokenhearted
 And binds up their wounds.

That is the nature of our God.  Yet often we have come to know and see how Christians don’t care for one another.  That has to change.  That is why our church exists.  Stop and check yourself and what you are part of.  Are you helping to heal the broken or causing more pain?

John 8 tells the story of a woman caught committing adultery, but it doesn’t describe in detail all of our pain.  It opens a situation where the religious people and the person of grace, Jesus, come face to face.  The world wants to step on us.  God wants to lift us up.  I believe we can find ourselves in this story. 

We find Jesus in one of his common places at the begging of this chapter.  He has gone away, either alone or with the disciples, often to spend time with the Father.  The reason why Jesus says what he does and does what He does is because of what the father has said to Him.

There is no separation between the Father and the son.  That is a critical point to understand and to get to the heart of all that Jesus had to say.  Jesus is literally turning the church of this day and all the people around it upside down. 

God loved the world so He sent Jesus.  You would agree?  God heard the pain and plea of His people so He gave a solution.  He’s done that before.  This is His character.  God rescues and gives hope.  That is His nature.  That is what Jesus was sent to do.

Therefore, there is brokenness.  In Jesus’ day as in ours there is brokenness all around.  People are in need of healing, of understanding, of strength and of something to believe.  Would you agree that Jesus brings all those things?

It is amazing to learn how God created our bodies.  At the point of where a bone is broken and is healed, it is stronger than before.  It is rare that it will ever break at the same point again.  God heals broken bones and our brokenness in any situation.

Letting God deal with our brokenness we will be stronger.  We will be able to deal with more and move further.

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Our experience with God will take us to the next level if we let it.  Paul said he had been there.  That was his testimony.  Maybe that is your testimony as well.  I’ve been broken, I’ve been weak, but I have found God to be with me and to be so good. 

Psalm 34:18 (NASB)
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Deuteronomy 20:4  NLT
For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!

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