Welcome, friends, to another week. This week I am thinking about brokenness. All of us come to Christ a broken mess. However, God never promised life would be easy, nor would he solve our problems. He promises when we believe in him; he will save us from the wrath to come. However, until we leave this plane of existence, God also promises when our lives begin unraveling out of control, he will be there to help us pick up the pieces of our shattered lives. He promises this in 50 or more verses in both testaments.
In our society, many have gotten used to living broken lives. Numerous situations may crush our spirit: loneliness, the death of a family member or friend, betrayal, abuse, anger, divorce or separation, health issues, homelessness, poverty, and other unforeseen situations. During these times, some pray more; however, countless people become angry and blame God. Even some professing Christians, who say they believe in God, may still curse him. Still, others shake their fists at him while asking, "Why me? What did I do to deserve this? However, God is sovereign. He knows everything.
That said, billions have broken spirits. They cannot understand why their world turns upside down. Likewise, many people do not understand why those professing Christ eagerly die for the Word. Nor can the world understand why the world has become meaner and more unforgiving. My friends, world governments are broken, and so are the world's inhabitants. We are shifting from change in basic assumptions of right and wrong to pure wrong. In other words, our world, which has always been somewhat broken, is now completely broken, and so are most of its inhabitants. Many attempt to hide their broken spirits using any means at their disposal- drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, spending money, or praying to statues of gods, https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/8747-false-gods However, no other god can heal broken spirits, and pain but God.
There were several 27 instances in the Bible where God references brokenness. One of the best-known verses is Psalm 34:18 KJV, which reads: The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Moses is an excellent example of a man falling on his face. He did not want to lead God's people, however he did lead them in the end. Noah drank too much; in other words, he was a drunkard (Genesis 9:20-21). Cain messed up by killing his brother Abel, then lying about it. (Genesis 4:8-9). Samson slept with a prostitute. (Judges 16). Moses committed murder (Exodus 2:14). Matthew collected taxes. (Matthew 10:3) Paul persecuted the church. (Acts 7 and 8). All of these men overcame their broken spirits to become great men of God. In the end, they did not rely on themselves but on God.
Broken people cross color barriers, nationalities, religions, and education. It is not limited to wealth, poverty, educational level, political views, or societal positions. Billions do not understand God is the God of many chances. There are more than 100 verses in the Bible concerning brokenness. Everyone has a choice. Either we can remain in our broken world or accept Christ into our lives. I am not saying our lives will become easy. I am saying we have an advocate who understands.
One may ask, how does he understand? First, he came into the world as an infant (Matthew 1:21). People hated him (Pharisees, Sadducees, and law teachers) Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. One of his own betrayed him. (Matthew 27:3) That said, he went against the religious system establishment, which was not an easy task. The system hated him; therefore, they killed him. (Matthew 27: 22-23) Though Christ never sinned (contrary to what others say), he understands sin (For He hath made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.) 2 Corinthians 5:21
One of my favorite verses is John 3:16. It reads: For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son, what whosoever believes will have eternal life. The other verse that came to mind is: Romans 10:10, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Finally, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 rounds out these essential verses, believing Christ died, was buried, and rose on the third day. We are all broken; however, Christ can make us into a new person. 2 Corinthians 5:17
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