My brother and I would often times be outside ‘stick fighting’; we would each grab a stick and pretend to sword fight! It was a lot of fun. One day when I was 5 years old, he had me backed up on top of a picnic table. He warned me not to back up any further or I would fall, but I made a choice not to listen. As a result, I backed up off the edge and had fallen on the concrete! One ER visit later, I was in a lot of pain with a lump the size of a goose-egg on the back of my head. OUCH! If only I had listened to my brother, this wouldn’t have happened.
God made clear to us his perfect and holy ways. Even in the very beginning, Adam and Eve were told not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge; and they ignored his commands. The whole world over, we’re all broken and sinful. Scripture says in Romans 3:23, ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’. That means no one is good enough: we’re ALL broken. Just like I didn’t listen to my brother’s warning, God tells us not to sin and we so often don’t want to listen to him.
Praise Jesus that he came to save us from our brokenness! God does see us as broken, and that’s certainly a label we deserve. But the Good News is that just because we’re broken, doesn’t mean He stops loving us. Psalms 147:3 says ‘He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds’.
#prayer: Lord I am broken, but thank you for giving me hope for salvation! Thank you for your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
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#challenge: I am #broken but Jesus #heals!
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~ by Shane Thacker