I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with plenty of opportunity to thank the Lord for the many blessings in your lives! This week we take a turn in our series on Broken. To this point we have focused on being broken, how it feels, the hardship of the experience and how we need to start to turn from it. We have taken time to really focus on anxiety and depression. This week, we are going to look at this from a different angle.
We serve a God who is bigger than brokenness. A God who has not abandoned us, left us to our own suffering but is actually walking alongside us in our brokenness. Not only do we experience the pain of brokenness but God does as well. It is not His desire for us to be broken and experience the ramifications of living in a sinful world. Yet, He uses these difficult times in our lives to help make us more into the image of His son. While sin brings destruction, chaos, and pain into our lives, Jesus brings wholeness. He is able to do this so effectively for two reasons. 1. He is God. He is the source of all power and the great healer. 2. He knows brokenness because He experienced it by taking our place on the cross. Jesus knows brokenness, abandonment, wrongful punishment like no one else. He has been through the worst of the worst. 3. He walks us through it step by step. He has not left you to your own. He is in it with you. But you have to turn to Him, lean on Him and allow for Him to have His way in you. Through experiencing the brokenness and pain in our lives, Jesus uses it first to refine us but then to give us a platform to help others. We will learn how to enter into hard situations and be a reliable guide for other people who are lost in their pain. As Jesus has empathized and felt our pain we will be able to better do that for others to help them move forward. Suffering and brokenness can become a great strength of an individual if they turn towards God no matter their circumstances. If they lean in and say, “God, what do you have for me here?” and recognize that in the pain and suffering they need God’s guidance and direction, “God, give me the strength and courage today, to battle against this pain in my life.” Brokenness can leave us emotionally undone, physically exhausted, spiritually outcasted, and overall abandoned to a dark hole in the ground we cant escape. There will be dark day, hard days, but let God have His way with you in them. Cry out to Him over and over again. Lean on His word and pray for Him to deliver you. Be patient and know that God is right there with you.
Questions for you to ask your students:
- What brokenness are you experiencing? a) Example: anxiety, depression, loss of a loved one, struggling academically, with friendships….
- How stuck have you felt in this brokenness?
- How does your hope in Christ affect your brokenness?
White Elephant Christmas Party will be on December 15. We want to encourage everyone to bring a gag gift or one that is up to a $20 maximum value. The party is for both Jr. and Sr. High and is from 6:00-9:00 pm. We do want to ask that you bring your favorite Christmas treat to share. This is usually a great night and we are so looking forward to spending quality time with your students!