Have you ever tried to put something back together after breaking it? It can be very difficult and frustrating, especially if the break was severe. For example if I were to drop a vase and break it into pieces it would take me forever to put it back together. Often we choose not to spend our time and effort into fixing in but simply sweeping it up and throwing it away. We can feel the same way. We give up hope thinking that we are broken too badly, and that there is no way we can be put back together. I want to remind you that God is in the restoration business and is available to you.
How can we start to rebuild what’s been broken?
Psalm 14 talks about how sin can and will if we let it break us down and destroy us, but God is a strong refuge that cannot be destroyed. When we live in obedience to God, He fortifies us. He is our ultimate defense.
Nehemiah 2:17-20 states:
17 So I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been burned. Come, let’s rebuild Jerusalem’s wall, so that we will no longer be a disgrace.” 18 I told them how the gracious hand of my God had been on me, and what the king had said to me. They said, “Let’s start rebuilding,” and their hands were strengthened to do this good work. 19 When Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard about this, they mocked and despised us, and said, “What is this you’re doing? Are you rebelling against the king? ”20 I gave them this reply, “The God of the heavens is the one who will grant us success. We, his servants, will start building, but you have no share, right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.” --(CSB)
Nehemiah did not just repent and continue living his life- He began to rebuild. At some point in your life, you have probably gotten sick of something being wrong and said enough is enough. Maybe it was a relationship or even a bad choice you continued to make even though you knew it was wrong. Then you get to the point where you say “This is not worth it, I need to change this.” Don’t buy into the lie that your sin has damaged you beyond repair. God is in the restoration business. HE will actively help you rebuild what the enemy has destroyed. Yes we have to repent from our sin and put it behind us, but we have to be committed to the rebuilding process. The way we begin to rebuild is to start doing the right thing. The only way to begin to rebuild is with obedience to Him.
We all have a responsibility to do the right thing. Many of us know the right thing to do but we struggle to do it. The Bible is clear that our obedience is the key to our rebuilding. It is time to start doing things right again. Ask God for the clarity on what he wants you to do.
God is ready to start rebuilding your life regardless of how broken or damaged it may be.