Sunday, February 26, 2017

Living in a Broken World

The problem is we live in a broken world. Made up of broken people, and unless we are totally perfect, without a flaw, that includes every one of us, only we have a hard time admitting this brokenness, or don't even realize we are broken. Perhaps we believe we are the only one and we'll be found out. . . We live in fear of the future. We can't seem to hold it together, being torn in too many directions. Between home and work- Maybe we want to be home but can't, or we'll be thought less of. Maybe we want to work and feel guilty leaving the kids or we are frustrated in our attempts to move up the ladder. Perhaps we drink too much to deaden the pain, or we can't get moving in the morning because we are depressed-our expectations for life haven't really panned out. It could be our marriage is giving us a tough run, or we can't find that special person and we're tired of being alone. An addiction to pornography? Food? Anything? Perhaps we regret that decision we made-a one night stand, an abortion, screaming at the kids, or that affair.
The list goes on and on, and on. But no matter what it is, you're not alone. It has been done, happened, and been felt before. Over. And over. And over-like a broken record. We can be sure it will happen again-to some one somewhere. We are broken, doing the best we can, with what we have in this broken world.
"So what's the answer?" we might ask. I can say in all confidence Jesus. You see, He was broken too. For us. That is where the healing is found-in His brokenness we are redeemed. In His brokenness we find the pathway to wholeness. ". . by Whose stripes you were healed" (1 pet. 2:24, NKJ). Is this a magic trick to take it all away and make life perfect? Not in the least. This world is broken and will remain so because of sin. But Grace, now that is ours. Forgiveness for the meanness we feel and exhibit. Forgiveness for the making of idols (placing anything as more important than God- First). Forgiveness for the complete mess we make of our lives by trying to do it our way. Forgiveness, follows repentance as we cry out to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than we could possibly imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
It will never all be "fixed" until that day when we leave this earthly home and stand made whole before the One who heals and makes whole. Each day is part of our refining process. But the truth lies within the Living Word (Jesus). God doesn't change, He is consistent and the same today, yesterday, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). No matter how we try we aren't going to change that or His promises-no matter how hard we fight to get it our way.
We all need repentance. We all need the Savior. That's it. With that He can help us find the way. The truth. Life. (John 14:6) We may struggle, but nothing worthwhile is ever handed to us without struggle. Even His grace was payed with a price- Death- a struggle. And we, we struggle against the Grace gift- amazing as it is. Why? Perhaps we know that once accepted we have to change. (Jesus changes us. . . The woman at the well. The woman standing, waiting to be stoned. Zacchaeus the tax collector, the prison guards watching over Paul and Silas. It happens. The refining. It takes courage, humility, and grace. But the peace. Watch any of the "I Am Second" videos. Change happens.
I may not agree with all the protesting and name calling being done; I may not agree with your lifestyle and choices; I may not agree with how you raise your children. But that doesn't mean I don't believe you are loved by God just as I am. You are no less a human being. You are not crazy, stupid or Etc. He wants His best for you, for all of us. ". . . He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9, NIV). That includes you, me, us.
And here I can say I sometimes post things that I think are humorous. It doesn't always mean I agree or believe it, after all we all know everything on FB is true(lol). I sometimes like to stir the pot-bad. But we have a 45th President. His name is Donald Trump. Fact. I think we can all agree on that. We can steal his pens, but he will still be President and find a new one to sign his name as President. I will pray for him and my country, because I know the One who holds both in His hands. And I will be watching, waiting, in anticipation for what He will do. I'm sure it will be more than you or I can imagine.
Won't you join me?