Can You Fix It?

Having served as a Pastor for over thirty years, I have observed people whose lives are “broken.” Sometimes they would come to me and ask me if I could fix “it.” It may be a broken marriage or a parent/child relationship. Sometimes people look at their situation and conclude “This is so broken it cannot be fixed, repaired or restored.” So they get a divorce, give up on that relationship, or worse turn their back on God and quit living for Him.

I can understand their reasoning. From a human standpoint, there seems no way this wrong can be made right. We think that OUR situation is SO BAD that even God cannot untangle the mess. But that is not so. I have been amazed how God can take the “broken” and bring healing, restoration and wholeness.  Consider:

  • He is the one who heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
  • “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

In Ezekiel 37, we read the story of the Valley of Dry Bones. These were not recently slain corpses but dry bones! God asks Ezekiel a very pointed question, “Son of man, can these bones live?”  Ezekiel answers,“Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”  That is a great answer for only God can “fix” some of life’s greatest challenges!  

Years ago we used to sing a chorus, God Can Do Anything But Fail.” True. Let God begin to work in your life. Turn it over to Him and see God work in your life!

Good News or Bad News

Have you ever did something nice for someone and it upset other people? Sometime people are hard to figure out. Taken for example the demon-possessed man that Jesus healed in Luke 8. Jesus had completely delivered the man from many demons and you would think the entire community would be glad but just the jesuscastoutlegion21opposite.  Verse 37 says,”Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.” The questions that baffles me is: 1] Why were they afraid? and 2] Why ask Jesus to leave?

Jesus healing the man is a good thing,right? They should be happy that the man was no longer a threat to the community, right? They should be rejoicing that their neighbor was now clothed and in his right mind! But no, they asked this ‘doer-of-good’ to get out of town.

Since I could not find a reasonable answer to my questions, allow me to share some possible answers:

a] People are often afraid of change and things they cannot understand.

b] They saw Jesus as a threat to their business (the expelled demons went into a herd of swine and were drown.

c] They may have felt guilty for being more concerned about losing their pigs then being happy a man was restored.

Not sure if any of these suggestions are correct. Your thoughts are welcomed.