I don’t know about you, but some days I just feel broken. Other days I feel like my life has been shattered by the issues of life. There are times when I feel that my life is strewn about in a 1,000 pieces.
DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE IS SHATTERED?
DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE IS BROKEN?
DO YOU EVER FEEL DIRTY INSIDE?
DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOU ARE DYING ON THE INSIDE AND OUT?
DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE IS IN 1,000 PIECES?
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS IN LIFE THAT LEAVE US FEELING…
- LIFELESS and…
- IN A 1,000 PIECES
And I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate to put 1,000 piece puzzles together.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO PUT OUR LIVES BACK TOGETHER. JESUS IS THE RESTORER OF LIFE, AND JESUS WILL RESTORE US PIECE BY PIECE. JESUS WILL GIVE US THE ABUNDANT LIFE THAT HE PROMISES IN JOHN 10:10.
We live in a shattered, broken, and dirty world, and there are so many situations in life that come against us. Sometimes we fall, and even when we get back up again, we feel like a failure. We feel unworthy of God’s forgiveness. We wonder if God can really love us. Can He really forgive us when we can’t even forgive ourselves?
And…regardless of our upbringing, the family that raised us, the life that we have lived, or the fact that we may have faithfully attended church our entire lives, we have all experienced the things in life that cause us to feel SHATTERED AND BROKEN.
WE HAVE BEEN SHATTERED AND BROKEN BY…
- Crimes committed
- Death of a loved one
- Workplace struggles
- Gossip, slander, and ugly words
- Sickness and disease
- Promiscuity or adultery
- Financial set-backs
- An uncertain future
- Strained and broken relationships
- Physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse
- And, much, much more
SOMETIMES WE THINK THAT WE ARE THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS EVER EXPERIENCED THE TYPE OF HURT AND PAIN THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED.
There are people all around us who have also experienced the pain inflicted in this life we live. As I serve in ministry, I often see people’s pain up-close and personal. I hurt for others as they suffer from life’s afflictions. Sometimes I can easily relate to their pain because I have experienced something similar. Sometimes I just have to listen, encourage, and comfort because I have no idea what it’s like to be in their situation.
WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF WE COULD LIVE IN A WORLD FREE FROM PAIN?
In John 16:33, Jesus told His disciples shortly before His death…“in this world you will have trouble”
The message that Jesus gave his disciples is also a message for us. It is a message that has been true throughout the history of mankind.
JESUS, HIMSELF, EXPERIENCED EVERY PAINFUL EMOTION THAT WE HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED.
The first part of John 16:33 tells us that we will have trouble in the world, BUT WE HAVE TO READ THE LAST PART, BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE GOOD NEWS IS.
The latter part of verse 33 says, “BUT TAKE HEART! I (JESUS) HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”
And since Jesus has overcome this world, there’s not anything that we can’t overcome.
REGARDLESS OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES AND NO MATTER HOW BAD OUR SITUATION, GOD CAN AND WILL RESTORE US PIECE BY PIECE.
When we give our lives to God, and when we turn and submit to Him during times of trouble, we give God PERMISSION to begin the restoration process in our lives.
I love how The Message conveys Jeremiah 17:14. The prophet Jeremiah cried out to God…
“GOD, PICK UP THE PIECES. PUT ME BACK TOGETHER AGAIN. YOU ARE MY PRAISE.”
WHEN WE ASK GOD TO FIX OUR LIVES HE WILL DO IT!
WHEN GOD RESTORES US… HE TAKES THAT WHICH IS SHATTERED AND MAKES IT WHOLE.
WHEN GOD RESTORES US… HE TAKES WHAT IS BROKEN AND REPAIRS IT.
WHEN GOD RESTORES US… WHAT IS DEAD NOW LIVES AGAIN.
WHEN GOD RESTORES US… THE PIECES OF LIFE FIT BACK TOGETHER.
WHEN GOD RESTORES US…HE MAKES US CLEAN.
Do you need for God to put some area of your life back together today? Do you need to feel clean? Do you need to feel alive again? He is ready…He is willing…He is able. Just ask.
Today, I invited you to step OUT of your brokenness and step IN to your destiny.
This post was inspired by Natalie Grant’s song, CLEAN. Click below to listen to it and allow the healing power of God to make you CLEAN, WHOLE, AND RESTORED.
WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TODAY BY SHARING THIS POST?