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Tuesday Thoughts 3-27-18

If only things didn’t break!  Even the stuff of the past that we remember to be better (they don’t make em’ like they used to), eventually broke.  I have had my share of the surprise and interruption of broken things.  Fortunately, God has blessed me with an understanding of how things work and provided many opportunities to learn skills that have allowed me to repair, patch, and nurse along aging appliances, automobiles and an assortment of other helpful items.  But even with the most creative MacGyver-ing, everything gets to the place called, “The End”. Last year I was unfortunate enough to experience the very rare instance of two vehicles coming to the end within a five-month span of time.  All my experience and knowledge were useless to fix what was broken.  But my anger (yes, I get mad sometimes), disappointment and expressed needs were useless too. Broken is broken.  This reminds me of something I hear expressed often by both Christ-followers and non-believers: “How could a loving God allow all this brokenness?”  The loss could be as grievous as a loved one gone too soon, to a flat tire on the highway and all things in between.  So much frustration, anger and grief cry out for what some may call “justice”.  This confuses me coming from Christians.  God has made the problem clear …us!  It was a trouble-free place of unending goodness that was created through Jesus.  There was no broken in the beginning.  It was the discontent of the human race that rearranged creation into an ever-increasing brokenness. As the New Testament writer, Paul put it, “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” Romans 5:12 (NLT).  And this “The End”-ness was not confined just to people, but to everything: “Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse.” Romans 8:20a (NLT).  So everything breaks. If you want justice, prepare to be disintegrated because the broken is our fault.  Maybe you want grace instead.  Grace is shown to us through the love of Almighty God by his patient, timely fixing of all things broken.   The very essence of the Resurrection is repairing the broken relationship between God and mankind.  In the end, all things will be fixed, but in the meantime, He offers fixes all along the way.  But just like any broken thing must be diagnosed and uncovered before it can be repaired, so we need to be prepared to receive the fix.  Think of it, God’s pace is determined by our readiness!  It begins by receiving the gift of Jesus’ death in place of ours, trading in our sin for His righteousness.  Nothing else broken will be fixed before you do this so…do it!  All other things that are broken will receive their fix as you surrender each thing (not blame Him for the broken) and allow the process of preparation to proceed.  I leave you with this end-view snapshot.  Be encouraged as we wait for “The End”, that all along the path the Holy Spirit is working the fixes!  “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.” Revelation 21:1–7 (NLT)

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