BROKEN?

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BROKEN?

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses, and all the King’s men,
Could not put Humpty Dumpty together again.

There is perhaps no other word in the English lexicon that is as simple, yet rich and unmistakably depressing as the verb ‘broken’. It not only describes a state, its root form is a verb, an action; and that essentially implies that when something is broken, not only is it reduced to fragments, it was not born like that, it was not created to be that way, but someone did that act of reducing it to fragments; it is someone’s fault, someone messed up.

And in life, we are all too familiar with the feeling of being broken. Sometimes others mess things up for us. But for the most part, we can see our part in the mess, and we can see much wisdom in Solomon’s words.

“Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18

Bet you did not realize that the saying was even remotely Biblical, did you? But it is true, isn’t it? We were sitting high on our wall when we had the fall. I like the way The Message presents it.

“First pride, then the crash—
the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” Proverbs 16:18 [MSG]

Bear run coming?

And no matter who we turn to, be they trained professionals or well-meaning friends, indeed, the King’s horses and men could never put us back together again. But beloved, if you are broken, or if you are facing a broken situation, there is someone who can put it all back together again. The King’s horses and men can’t, but the King can.

“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.” Colossians 1:15-18 [MSG]

Do you realize that the hands that flung stars into space are holding everything together, even as you are reading this? The sun rose today, didn’t it? And it is running its course. The winds are moving, the earth is spinning. How do you think all that comes to be? Could the perfection that you see in the environment around you be really down to a coincidental amalgamation of probabilities? Or in another words, chance?

No, beloved, our Father is holding it all together, just like He is holding you together. You may not have it all together, but you don’t have to, because He does.

And not only that, He has a purpose for everything He created, and that means you. You were created for a purpose, and for you, everything that happens in your life, has a purpose, as He has said,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

And yes, that means your brokenness too. Believe me, our Father never purposed for it to happen. Neither is Jesus smiting you, for why would He? After all, He said,

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

And didn’t He tell us to go to Him when we needed anything?

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

This was Jesus’ version of ‘don’t be a stranger, give me a call if you need anything’. Except that it is infinitely better; because for Jesus, He says,

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

But that does not mean that He cannot use the bad things that come your way, even though He did not purpose them to happen. He most certainly can, and He most certainly will, just as Joseph told his brothers.

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20

So beloved, believe that He is holding on to you and holding everything together.

But beloved, can I push the envelope for you one step further, because not only does our Father hold everything together, His is not some shoddy repair job and you are not held together with tape and string. His is a proper restoration and rejuvenation, as Paul tells us,

“So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.” Colossians 1:19-20 [MSG]

And we need look no further than our own pasts for us to realize this. Because,

“You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence.” Colossians 1:21-22 [MSG]

And life was good after He pulled you out of your last crisis, wasn’t it? I mean, think about it, you were up on a wall before your fall after all.

So now that the waves are back, now that the sea is choppy – again – do you think He is going to let you down? Beloved,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

After all, how was it that you were made right with God again? Oh right,

“being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:24

And how does our Father deal with our bad behavior, now that it has been dealt with by Jesus on the cross?

“I will heal their backsliding,
I will love them freely,
For My anger has turned away from him.” Hosea 14:3

Bet you never realized that our Father thinks of backsliding as an illness that needs healing, did you? And He loves us freely. And how does He bless us?

“And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” Revelation 21:6

In fact, Paul tells us that there is a mystery concerning the restoration of your brokenness in every area of your life.

“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.” Colossians 1:26-27 [MSG]

This all happened when you answered this call of Jesus

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

And because you have opened the door of your heart to Him, He is now in you, a part of you and so,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

So therefore, I share in the words of Paul for you beloved,

“My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 [MSG]

“Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it’s an initiation ritual you’re after, you’ve already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:11-14 [MSG]
So beloved, don’t let your brokenness distract you from our Father’s love. Jesus is in you and He will see to it that you have all you need. In fact, the more you feel weak and lost, the more you should continue to behold Jesus and His love for you, behold Him working in your past and looking out for His fingerprints in your life; for not only will that give you hope for the future,

“As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work.” Colossians 1:10 [MSG]

And when you are weak, Jesus will give you strength. Now His strength is “…not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.” Colossians 1:11-12 [MSG]
So beloved, are you broken? In need of repair? Behold Jesus and His love for you. Immerse yourself in His promises and look out for every fingerprint that He left on your life and you will see that indeed, He is holding it all together, just for you.

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