Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Daily Grace - Expert Repair

If you've ever tried to fix something and failed, you'll appreciate the sign I saw outside an automotive repair shop: "We Will Fix What Your Husband Fixed". Whether the problem is the car, the plumbing, or an appliance, it's usually better off in the hands of someone who is skilled and trustworthy. So it is with the sin and the struggles within us that resist our efforts to mend them.

Jeremiah denounced the greedy prophets and priests of his day who "healed the hurt of [God's] people slightly saying, 'Peace, peace!' when there is no peace" (Jer. 6:14). They could neither change themselves nor lead the people to spiritual transformation. So the Lord called the people to follow His way: "Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls" (v. 16). 

Centuries later, Jesus, the Son of God, said: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). The parts of our lives that we have tried and failed to repair can be restored by the hand of God. Through faith in Christ, we can be made whole. When God forgives, He removes the sin and restores the soul.