You don’t have to make
an appointment with broken …
– it is only a matter of time before it will make and a fulfill an appointment with you. Jesus understood that broken was the defining call over His life,
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
– John 12:24 –
He also made it clear in the very next verse that “broken” is the defining call over the life of anyone who chooses to truly follow after Him. As I stated in my LifeLetter “Deconstructing My American Faith”, when you truly begin to understand the command of Christ to carry your own cross, you position your life in a way where God can lead you wherever to whoever whenever . . your faith must necessarily move from a “serve me” to a “serve through me” posture where prayers and priorities are broken of “my will” to “Thy will” (Matthew 6:9-10).
We as humans simply won’t engage and care for the broken until we are broken, but by God’s design, the path of “broken”, when rightly surrendered to the One who endured “all things” on our behalf, can become, like a fallen kernel of wheat, something beautiful, something new and full of goodness . . something that gives life . . life that can only come from death.
The goodness or “good news”
of the gospel of Jesus Christ …
has been assigned to the category of “postponed realization” by many a preacher … particularly so around the topic of our suffering, hurts, losses, pains and perplexities this side of heaven – our “broken” if you will. The go-to Biblical texts? Look no further than Paul’s reflections in 1 Corinthians 15:19 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 …
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ,
we are to be pitied more than all men.”
“Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
While it is true that the believer’s inheritance is glorious – so “good” in fact that it is beyond human comprehension (Titus 2:13 & 1 Corinthians 2:9), we would be remiss if we failed to understand that God delights in pouring out His goodness in our everyday and nowhere is that goodness more laser-focused than in our hours, our days . . yes, our very soul-testing seasons of “broken”.
David in fact wrote, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13)
For David, he had come to a place where he understood the good news about God’s goodness – the hope-renewing, life-sustaining reality that our “broken” is not a barrier but instead serves as nothing less than the perfect springboard for His goodness to explode to life.
I am beginning to grasp
what David wisely learned and embraced …
You see, “broken” has come calling again, even this very week . . and not your ordinary, garden-variety “broken”, but instead the gnarly stuff which the Devil tries to use as means to creating doubt in the darkest crevices of our soul about the goodness of God. In a matter of moments, my wife and I were released from our property management contract and evicted from our employer-provided housing – forced to relocate to a hotel room and start from scratch in search of a new opportunity on the very day of our wedding anniversary.
Caught in the crossfire of a termination was hundreds of dollars of supplies and groceries just purchased the day before that now had no place to go . . no place until we learned that our church has a food ministry to at-risk families, so we gladly gave . . and God’s goodness showed up, no doubt blessing a family or two at just the right time and blessing us with the sense of joy (even in our shock and grief) that we could help others.
But goodness didn’t stop there, for only a few hours later an unexpected gift arrived at our hotel – a card, an encouraging note, a rose and a dinner certificate . . all from our very same church family. Their love reminded us of His love, His presence . . we were noticed and not forgotten but rather honored.
If you have never taken
a close look at “surely goodness and mercy
will follow me all the days of my life” …
from the 23rd Psalm, a word study will help you better understand that the verb for “follow” literally means to pursue relentlessly and catch. Think about it – not a day goes by where we aren’t chased and overcome by God’s goodness. Psalm 31:19 reminds us that God is armed and loaded with goodness for you and I that will cause others to stop and take notice . .
“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.”
Author Steve Fuller years ago wrote about the implications of Psalm 23:6 and 31:19 and stated ..
- No matter how far from God you feel – He is always pursuing you with goodness and mercy to change your heart and strengthen your faith. Fight for your faith
- Every interruption is God bringing you His goodness and mercy. Submit your plans to Him, and ask Him what He wants to do for you.
- Every trial is a gift of God’s goodness and mercy. You will either see His mercy delivering you from the trial, or satisfying and comforting you in the trial.
- In every hard task God is pursuing you with His goodness and mercy — He will help you, guide you, surprise you, and satisfy you.
- Whenever you sin, God is pursuing you with goodness and mercy to forgive you, cleanse you, and restore you. Confess your sin. Repent before Him. Receive all He has for you.
- Whenever you feel inadequate, God is pursuing you with goodness and mercy to give you everything you need to do all He calls you to do. Turn to Him. Ask Him for help. Watch what He does.
God’s goodness .. postponed? Not a chance . . just remember to look for it in abundance in . . your next appointment with broken.
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
– Psalm 145:9 –
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