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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Made a mess of things?

Posted by Gary on February 29, 2012

Jeremiah 32:27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”

This post is for people who have realized that they have made a mess of  their lives and perhaps the lives of others. The Bible tells us that “man is born for trouble as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7) and so it is, we move from trouble to trouble to trouble. Because of the fall, we are prone to sin, prone to do the wrong thing, prone to do the foolish thing, prone to do the very things we know will make us unhappy and miserable.

Sin does more harm than we ever imagine before committing it. One of the devil’s great deceptions is that he doesn’t allow us to see where our disobedience will ultimately lead or the harm it will do to us spiritually, to our lives, to our families and friends. Broken marriages, diseased bodies, lost trust, lost jobs, these are just a few of the items in the pile of mess which is our lives. By the way, if you think this is all morbid and you are doing just fine, let me remind you that you’re dying.

By God’s grace, a person finally comes to the place where they begin to see the damage they have done through their actions (or lack thereof). Sometimes the realization of the mess we have made can be overwhelming. it is not uncommon for people to lose hope, to become convinced that nothing can be done to repair what they have broken. Some sadly choose to end their lives only to find that they have not escaped despair but in most cases, have entered a far more terrible, eternal, despair.

I can remember the time of my initial eye-opening. I can remember the despair. Even now though a Christian for twenty-some years and a pastor, I look around and see the harm my sin and foolishness causes and am apt to lose hope.

Despairing friend, do you believe you have made a mess that God cannot redeem? In the midst of your sadness and despair may I give you some counsel? At first it may seem out of place and a bit painful but its just what you need to hear.

Read the verse at the head of this post, listen to the question God has asked: “Is anything too difficult for Me?” God is not really asking something here, He is telling us something. What He is telling us is that there is nothing that is too difficult for Him. “Anything” includes you and your mess.

My advice to you in the midst of your despair is that you not flatter yourself. Do you really think that you can break something to the degree that God cannot fix it? Do you think you can create a problem that is beyond His ability to solve? If you think you can, all I can say is that you must think an awful lot of yourself! Trust me…No scratch that- Trust God, you cannot create any situation that is too difficult for Him because there is not anything that is too difficult for the Lord.

“No” you may insist. “It isn’t that I think He can’t fix my mess, I just don’t think I deserve for Him to”. Well, that’s true. But God’s mercy and help have never flowed from our deserving them. Listen to God…

Psalm 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

God has actually commanded us to come to Him in our trouble. Why would He do that if He didn’t intend to respond mercifully? So put away your thoughts of your worthiness or His willingness.

Before going, let me help you further by telling you that God doesn’t deal with symptoms but with causes. Our messes flow from the condition of our hearts and our relationship with God. If you just want God to take away your mess but don’t want to repent and place your life in His hands then I have no hope to offer you.

But, if you are now willing to acknowledge that your mess began with you, that the cause underneath is your heart and you now want God’s forgiveness and presence in your life than I can promise you on the authority of God’s Word that He will forgive you (1 John 1:9). God will take your mess and redeem it and even cause something wonderful to come from it. This doesn’t necessarily mean that God will take away every consequence of your actions or excuse you from things you need to do to put things right but He will take that mess and reshape it and create from it something that you cannot even imagine.

Yes, God can do this. He will do this. “The things that are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). Don’t confuse impossible for you with impossible for God.

Comments

2 Responses to “Made a mess of things?”
  1. Ken says:

    Thank you. I needed that confirmation. I made a lot of mistakes and make a big one this past weekend. I receive God’s grace and mercy today. I repent and ask His forgiveness. I ask that He directs my every step and give me wisdom for this and every situation. In the Name of Jesus.

  2. Neil says:

    Please pray for me – I have messed up a perfect life given to me out of grace In spite of myself and fear that I may lose it forever. It happened because of my deceitful and lustful heart. I never meant to hurt anyone. I don’t know why I am the way I am but I don’t want to be this way any longer – I wish that I could have my old life back, to love an live in the peace that God created for me. The consequences are too great to imagine for me now. I’m here broken and without any option but cries of help because if I lose my family i have lost everything…

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