Monday, July 25, 2016

Because He Lives: Fixing What is Broken


  (Part of a series sharing my devotional thoughts from almost two decades ago. For the back story & links to other posts, see the first post in the series.)

Watching small children at play, I have often seen a toy break -- a doll’s arm falls off, the wheel comes off a fire engine, the motor on a battery-operated car stops working. It is interesting to watch the responses of the little ones to these mishaps. Some try to act as though the toy were not broken; others try unsuccessfully to repair it themselves; many just burst into tears. Sometimes, though, one will take the toy to his or her father, hold it up as high as possible, and say, “Daddy, can you fix it?”
It is important for us to realize God wants us to approach Him as a little child, totally trusting and considering Him to be our perfect father. None of  us had perfect earthly fathers; some of you may even  have been deeply wounded by the men who were charged with your care. But in God we have a heavenly Father who is absolutely perfect -- and who is waiting for us to approach Him with what is broken.
Like a small child with a broken toy, we should take our broken things to Him ... broken homes, broken hearts, broken dreams, broken spirits, broken promises, even broken relationships with Him. In full faith that it can be done, we should lift them up and say, “Daddy, can you fix it?” And He will.
“...and in Him all things hold together.” Col. 1:17

“He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”
Psalm 51:17

“...‘Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter
the kingdom of heaven.’”
Matthew 18:3

“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption by which we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
Romans 8:15 [Abba is a very personal Greek word for Father,

most closely translated into English as “Daddy.”]

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