1 Corinthians 1:30 Instead, credit God with your new situation: you are united with Jesus the Anointed. He is God’s wisdom for us and more. He is our righteousness and holiness and redemption.
God is so faithful about speaking Truth into my life. Sometimes it’s in His Word, sometimes it’s through the advice of a friend, sometimes it’s through the Sunday sermon – which is what happened to me this week.
Sunday was Mother’s Day, and our pastor’s wife spoke. She used the passage in Luke 6:6-11 in which Jesus healed the man with the withered hand. She said something really profound: Unless Jesus touches us in our withered areas we will never change.
All of my own efforts to change my attitudes and actions when dealing with a mentally ill family member have not always proved effective. In fact, they usually are not effective. It’s only when I allow Jesus access to my life that things change.
I needed to hear what she had to say in the worst way.
She also said that God can use us even in our brokenness, sometimes because of our brokenness. He uses us right where we are and not where we would like to be. But His grace helps us to move toward a place of greater fulfillment and usefulness as we rely on His working in our lives and not our own efforts.
What a relief!
So let God speak into those withered areas of your life. He’s more able to touch and heal than you could ever imagine. He is the source, as the verse above says, of any wisdom and righteousness and holiness we need. And especially the source of our redemption.