“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Heb. 13:6
What can mere mortals do to me? Well, it turns out mortals can be quite brutal to each other. A fact we were reminded of this past week. Syrian President Assad once again used chemical weapons on rebel forces, a.k.a. people. Then there’s the mere mortal who detonated a bomb in a Russian subway. The explosion killed 11 people and wounded 45 others. North Korea continues to pursue mass death through nuclear weaponry and the world’s super powers are rattling their swords.
Domestically, despite low crime rates, mere mortals still feel compelled to kill each other. Sometimes, we don’t even need assistance in harming ourselves. A reality proven in the growing frequency of suicide among children and the epidemic of opiate abuse. It’s hard to envision a God who will never leave you, nor forsake you when the world around seems so broken. What kind of God would let this stuff happen?
The broken person looks for someone to blame. It’s an empty attempt to find comfort with a broken condition. Blaming only tries to convince the wounded soul it is powerless to change the situation. It wants you to think hopelessness and futility are a way of life. Hopelessness makes the task of gluing the broken pieces of your life back together seem impossible.
Healing begins when we acknowledge our brokenness. When we stop hiding from it, we discover how much energy has gone into lying about it. At first, we think we’ve been lying to the world. Eventually, as we accept living in the truth, we learn we’ve only been lying to ourselves. Acknowledging our brokenness opens up the heart to transformation, because an open heart no longer wants to lie about its condition.
The open heart invites strangers in to help it. Sometimes, the stranger it invites in is Christ. When Christ enters into our broken condition, he leads us out to find other broken people. It is when we find other broken people we realize we’re not alone. It renews in us the sense of God’s promise, which causes the heart sing, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”
Click to read: Hebrews 13: 1-6
- What most challenges your sense of hope?
- How do you attempt to hide the broken pieces of your life?
- When was a time you felt renewed by acknowledging the truth?
- How would you describe the promise of God?
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