Starting Point Week 4 – Brokenness
I think we can all agree that something just isn’t right with the world. It just takes one look at the news to see something has gone horribly wrong. You see, each of us has a “gap theory” – the reason we believe things are they way they are as opposed to the way things SHOULD be. What’s your gap theory? Why are things not the way they should be?
God gives us his “gap theory” (though this time it isn’t a theory!) in Genesis 3. And there we find where all of the brokenness of the world comes from.
Check out a couple of observations on Genesis 3.
3:1 – Satan is crafty. This mean he is “clever at achieving his aims by indirect or deceitful methods.” Satan has one aim – to disrupt, distort, and dishonor God’s glory. And one of the ways he does that is by deceiving the things God created to glorify Him.
3:2-5 – Satan’s method is to make us dissatisfied with God. He basically says to Eve, “You need more. You need to be like God yourself. You need to be your own god.” He makes Eve think God is withholding something good from her, and that one thing is what Eve needs to be satisfied. And Satan is good at making things seem very appealing.
3:6a – Our first step into brokenness comes from dissatisfaction. Sin begins when we say, “Jesus, you are not enough for me. I need more.” This is seen in our relationships with a boy or girl, our desire for the next high or buzz, our striving for praise or popularity, or whatever it is we strive for that isn’t honoring to Jesus!
3:6b Dissatisfaction leads to rebellion - Our sinful actions always come from a longing and dissatisfied heart (see James 1:14) and in order to crucify sin in our life we HAVE to start with our hearts, and let our hearts be satisfied in Jesus alone.
3:7-21 – Rebellion leads to brokeness - just look at these verses! I see shame, guilt, pain, hurt, fear, feelings of worthlessness, blame, tension in relationship, and the list can go on and on – all stemming from Satan convincing us that we need more to be satisfied!
The question: Are you broken in any way? If so, it probably can ultimately be traced back in some way to being unsatisfied with who God is, who He has made you to be, and what He has planned for you. Or if you’ve been hurt by someone else, they probably hurt you because of this same reason, not because of anything you have done. But in all cases, Jesus promises healing and can repair you when you find your satisfaction in Christ!
John Piper put it this way, “God is MOST GLORIFIED in us when we are MOST SATISFIED in Him.” Sin says, “Jesus, you don’t satisfy me.” But when we are fully satisfied in Jesus Christ, we are glorifying Him constantly in our lives.
Take a moment to pray for the areas in your life that are screaming out, “Jesus, you are not enough!” and ask God to fix those areas, and to change your heart so that Jesus will satisfy you!
And the good news is that IN our brokenness and rebellion, God makes some AWESOME promises to us… but that’s next week =)!!