A World of Brokenness by Brandi Ladd
My heart is breaking. It’s breaking for families who have lost love ones. It’s breaking for the division of a country that has so much they don’t even know what to do with. Sometimes I feel small and helpless. Every morning I wake up it seems like some tragedy has struck again and those are just the things we hear about - imagine how much more division and injustice is going on behind the scenes! Here are my thoughts…
Justice is not ours to give.
God is our Defender. In all of history, Jesus had the most injustice done to Him. He was perfect and sinless, yet beaten and crushed. What was His response? Submission. He went to the cross because it was the will of His Father. He went because He wanted to take the injustice for us.
As humans, we want to defend ourselves with our first response to anger and bitterness being retaliation. We need to make our first response prayer. Prayer that God would quickly change those initial emotions to forgiveness, grace and compassion.
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9
Love your neighbor.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
We can’t love our neighbor if we aren’t loving and pursuing God with all our heart, soul, and mind. In our own strength we can’t love our enemies. But the same power that resurrected Jesus from the dead is living in us and it is only by that truth and the grace of God we are able to love like He calls us to.
We live in such a connected world. We have all the technology to know what’s going on in everyone’s life, every second of the day. But with that being said, how DISCONNECTED are we from our own neighbors and community? It’s so easy to become complacent in our everyday life. Be aware of your surroundings. Look for opportunities to love your neighbors. If we desire unity in our country, and even in the world, we need to unite our communities first. Be present where God has placed you today.
Be in the Word.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
God’s word is sharper than any double-edge sword. How amazing is that! We are fighting a battle that is so much deeper than just a physical one. The root of the issue is at the heart. And this sword penetrates the heart! We need to be digging deep into the scripture, asking God to change and transform our hearts, to expose the darkness and bring light to those places.
“The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.” John 1:4-5
We serve a God who is victorious, and who overcomes the darkness. We must be going to our source of life every day to be a light in this dark, dark world.
“You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Psalm 18:28
“Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18
We have to be a people of prayer. We have access to God at all times. The veil was torn when Jesus died on the cross and we are able to go to the throne with confidence at all times. We need to be praying for lost hearts to be saved, for boldness to speak the truth and not shrink back in fear, for our hearts to be encouraged when all we see is discouraging news and that we would be the hands and feet of Jesus to our lost and broken world.
I NEED you so desperately. I am lost without You. Bring revival to my community. Bring revival in my heart. Lord, help me see this world through a Gospel-sized lens. Help me to love people as you call me to love them. I may not understand why terrible things happen, but You are glorified in ALL things and your plans are so much more than we can even imagine. Thank you Jesus for suffering through the greatest injustice the world has seen so we can be with you for eternity.
I pray this in your name Jesus, Amen.