Mark 7:31-37, “31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. 32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. 33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. 35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. 36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; 37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.“
Sounds like Him doesn’t it? I think we can all agree with this statement I’m about ready to make, “Things can go wrong, even with what God gives us.”
MATERIALLY, everything that we have, God has given it to us. Every good gift and every perfect gift comes from the Father above. It all belongs to Him. But even with the material things that He has given us, things can go wrong with them. Take my house for instance. God has blessed us to be able to purchase a home, and we give Him all the glory for us. But I can tell you, over the past 16 years in our home, we’ve had to do a lot of home repairs. We’ve had to work on the heating and AC; we’ve had to paint (both inside and out); we’ve had to replace water heaters and put in new flooring; and we’ve had to do work on the roof. Even with my vehicles, after so many miles, it takes work and effort to keep them running. You have to change the tires, change the breaks and the oil. Sometimes, you even have to have major repairs done to them. Most things that we own have a depreciation value. The truth is, the longer you have something the less value it to you than when you first got it. Even though God blessed us with it, at times, things go wrong and they need to be repaired.
Physically, we can pretty much say the same thing. The older I get the more things seem to be breaking down, or need repairs. I’m just not what I was 30 years ago. I don’t look the same, I don’t feel the same, and I can’t get around the same. You might say that we are depreciating physically. God created me in His image, I am His and He is mine, yet, there are times when I am physically broken and need repairs.
Spiritually, the same is true. I am blessed to be called a child of God – I’m one of the King’s kids, yet, over and over in my personal life, I’ve been spiritually broken. If you have been a Christian any length of time, then you know there have been times in your own life when you’ve been broken and in need of repairs.
I’m glad that just like this person in Mark chapter 7, we have the Great Physician that we can come to for repairs. One of my favorite shows was Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines. I love how they could look at something that was broken and seemingly beyond repair, and they could make it better than it ever was. That’s how our God is. He sees our brokenness, He sees our failures and disappointments, yet behind all of our brokenness – He sees what we can be, and often that is better than we ever were to begin with.
Maybe you are reading this and have brokenness in your life and desperately need repairs. I would encourage you today to come to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, and allow Him to repair what is broken in your life!