The world is a mess! Can I get an amen?
Just glancing at the headlines is sometimes overwhelming. Displays of calculated terrorism, extreme radicalism and senseless acts of violence. Accounts of the ever intensifying divides that exist over everything from marriage to abortion. Eye-catching images of the racial tension that we once thought was receding like an outgoing tide. Statistics on overcrowding in prisons, homeless shelters, and refugee camps. Reports of disturbingly increasing number of those living in poverty, occupying orphanages and becoming victims of human trafficking.
Yes, the world is a mess! Can I get a witness?
It’s easy to glance at the headlines and begin to get on the “world is going to hell in a handbasket” train. But before we go too ballistic on the globe, let’s zoom in a little and be honest – we are a mess. I’m a mess! And you are too! We are all a bunch of messy people living in a messy world.
We all have hurts, habits, and hang-ups. What’s yours? Stress? Fears? Overwork? Unhealthy or unholy attractions? Addictions? Regrets? Worry? Bad habits? Anger? Dishonesty? The overwhelming need to control? Finances? Perfectionism? Resentment? Compulsive thoughts? And the list goes on.
Perhaps you can relate to:
- The young woman who is following Jesus yet also deals with depression and suicidal thoughts.
- The young man who loves Jesus yet also finds himself struggling with sexual identity.
- The single female who loves Jesus but struggles with despair because she isn’t married.
- The woman who walks with Christ yet can’t seem to overcome her struggles with an eating disorder.
- The couple who has recently started coming to church every Sunday in an attempt to save their unraveling marriage.
- The man who reads his Bible faithfully but can’t seem to overcome his addiction to pornography.
- The woman who gives to the church sporadically and struggles with an obsessive shopping compulsion.
Here’s the good news: God is in the business of turning our mess into His message!
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1-3, ESV)
God wants to take the mess in our lives – the pit of destruction, the miry bog and the wounded places. He wants to pull us out of those stations, set our feet on higher surroundings and turn the old song into a new one – a new message – so that all the world will see and hear. God turns the mess of our lives into a message of His goodness!
Where is God turning your mess into His message? Are you honest with your mess? Are you ready to be pulled from the chaos? Are you ready for a new song? Admit it – you’re a mess! Let God make it a message!