|[my Sharing in Mumbai Zomi Christian Fellowship on 10 November 2013]|
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
The world view brokenness as that of being pathetic and total defeat. It is also taken as a sign of weakness which everyone wish to avoid at all cost. How can this position of what appears as total wretchedness (brokenness) be so attractive to a believing Christian and what we can learn from this is our topic for today.
There is a movie in our Zomi dialect titled - "Tuui bosa kiluakiik theilo". Here the protagonist in the female role described in her own line "My heart has been shattered and some of the pieces are missing" in reflection to the boy's roving eyes and unfaithful ways. Brokenness is as basic a definition as that.
To be broken is the necessary and first step to let the Master Potter re-form and re-shape our broken lives, dreams and aspirations as He purpose it to be. Psalm 31:12 - ..I have become like broken pottery NIV. The loaves need to be broken before given out as food to the crowd - Mathew 14:19.
The fall of Jericho (Joshua 6) is a result of God's intervention in the form of constructive resonance in the sounding of trumpets by The Israelites. Sound is a form of energy waves and can do wonders indeed! The underlying truth here is "Obedience" on the part of Joshua and the Israelites.
As recorded in Jeremiah 18, God can form and shape our lives and even the lives of nations as He wish. He is the potter; we the clay.
Another character study from The Bible is that of King David who humble himself before The Lord when all external power and wealth could not redeem him of his guilt. He cried out to The Lord in Psalm 51:16-17 pleading that God does not take pleasure in sacrifices or offerings; but a contrite and broken heart. There may be blood in our hands, a mountain-size gluttony, an unfettered addiction, a lying tongue or any sort of rebellion against The Lord but He is looking at our heart - sincere and broken are we? He will forgive. 2 Chronicles 7:14; if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
As we lived out our journey here on earth heading home, let us learn to humble ourselves. When we have a defective gadgets we look up our warranty cards and head to the Company who made those parts to address our problem. As created and formed in the Image of God, let us learn to seek God's face; turn up at the Original Company when our parts go haywire and we no longer seems to have meaning in our lives. He is our Maker and we are the works of His loving hands. Instead of going to cheap quick fix repair shops like drinks, drugs and even our own pathetic Intellectual grey matters; let us learn to return to the Original Equipment Manufacturer. There lies our cure and our healing, our peace.
May The Lord bless us all.
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