Broken

 

Have you ever felt so broken that you bend down to pick up the pieces only to have them break even more? You stand there in the middle of your pain, wondering how you got there. The truth is that so many roads may bring us to this point; it is different for all of us. However, thanks to a loving God, we don’t have to stay there. The journey out of brokenness may involve one or more of the following things: repentance, acceptance, and trusting and obeying God’s voice. 

Repentance

Sometimes the reason we feel entirely broken is because of our actions. Turning away from God will take you down a long and dark road. That road could have glamour and sparkle along the way, but in the end, you find yourself at a dead end with nowhere to turn. The good thing is we don’t have to stay there. The story of the prodigal son speaks of God’s forgiveness and love. God is waiting for us like the father was waiting for his lost son. We must turn to him with a repentant heart and open hands to give him back control of our lives. 

1 John 1:9 ESV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

Acceptance

Sometimes it isn’t anything that we have done per se. It is more of a season we are experiencing. That is when we cling to John 16:33:

 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

God never promised us it would be easy, but he did say He would be with us through every step. Those three little words, But Take Heart. I love that God added them. Yes, we will have trouble in this word, but take comfort and rest in the fact that He has overcome the world. Nothing we face will be too much for Him to handle. 

Trusting 

We need to trust that whatever season we are in, God knows and understands and will walk with us each step of the way. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 

It is human nature to try to control the circumstances. However, we can trust that God will show us the way through it. “He will make our paths straight,” The verse doesn’t mean that we will not have bumps along the way. It means that our path will lead straight to Him and His will for our lives. 

The story of Peter walking on water comes to mind with this verse, “He will make our paths straight. When Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he could walk straight to Him. However, the moment he took his eyes off and focused on the storms, he started to sink. When we walk through life with our eyes on Jesus the storms may affect us but they will not drown us. 

So friend, if you are facing a season of brokenness take it to God. He is waiting to help and guide you.

One of my pastors shared how praying scripture back to God helps us keep the promises of God in our minds and hearts. Here is Psalm 23 turned into a prayer. I have used this chapter many times in my life. It helps calm our fears and reminds us that God is ultimately in charge and that He is with us always.

Dear Lord, Thank you for being my shepherd. You have promised that you will provide for my needs. You will restore my soul. Lord, guide me into the paths of righteousness. Thank you for providing me with rest in you. Thank you, God, that even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I do not have to fear any evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Thank you, Lord, for always being there for me. You will not let my enemies prevail. My cup runs over with blessings from you. Lord, you know what the path in front of me holds. Lord, I trust you to see me through this. Thank you, Lord, for your Son, Jesus. His death and resurrection is the only way we can come to you today, and have the Hope we need for the future. In Jesus’s name, we pray, Amen.

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