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Mending our broken lives

Only Jesus can put the pieces back together for good.

Outside appearances 

A few days ago, I was out having coffee with a friend and he’s the type of guy that seems confident within himself. He appears like not much seems to worry him and one of those guys who ‘have it together’.

We were chatting and got onto the subject of personal weaknesses; things about us that aren’t our strong points. I soon discovered that like me, this friend didn’t have it all together. To my surprise, deep down he was no more confident than anyone else; he was just as broken as I was.

What I seem to be learning is that no matter how ‘confident’, or how ‘together’ someone appears, deep down they are broken, and they know it. While we all appear as though "all is well", we are often just hiding or avoiding our brokenness.

The truth inside

The problem is that everyone is broken, but there seems to be no solution. We are all in a mess, but there is nothing we can do about it. We have got ourselves into a state there is no escape from. In our brokenness we often ask “God if you are there, where are you?! What are you doing?”.

We forget that the reason we are so broken is because we have all turned away from our creator, we have all turned away from our design. God made us to live with him, to live his way. But like a fish in a bowl we wanted out, we wanted freedom, so we jumped out only to be fatally damaged.

Mending our broken lives

As we see in the book of Isaiah, God replies to our questions through his servant.

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives…" (Isaiah 61:1)

We see in Luke 4:17-21 that Jesus is this servant. Jesus explains that this verse from Isaiah is about him. Jesus has come into our world to save us from our brokenness. Even though we have broken ourselves by wanting to live without God, He comes to save us from our sad state.

Jesus came to wipe out our brokenness and forgive us for bailing on God; He came to give us a new life. While we as followers are still broken here on earth, God is working everything for our eternal good now, and we hope for our new life to come without brokenness, with our perfect loving God.