The Remedy for Our Empty and Broken Moments

The Remedy for Our Empty and Broken Moments

 

Where do we turn in our empty and broken moments? I’ve been thinking of this often, and one compelling truth comes to mind: The remedy for our emptiness is the fullness of Christ, and the path to the fullness of Christ is through the gateway of our weakness.

It seems so paradoxical that the path to fullness could actually be through the gateway of my weakest areas. But this is what Paul said when he spoke of his own weakness: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).  If we want Christ’s perfect power present in our lives, we need to let him access us through our areas of weakness.

There are many ways of opening to Christ in this way:

…when I admit I am broken and needy

…when I acknowledge the sin pattern I can’t seem to overcome

…when I admit that I’m struggling with not feeling good enough

…when I see that my motives are more about my glory than God’s glory

…when I catch myself trying to appear more spiritual than I truly believe myself to be

…when the sting of failure leaves me reeling with pain

…when I’m feeling betrayed

…when I can’t put down the bag of chips that seems to be filling a void in my soul.

When we admit to our weaknesses and ask Christ to transform us in these places, when we admit that we don’t know how to change these parts of our lives on our own, and when we surrender to his ways instead of pursuing our own plans, we open ourselves to encountering his power. I want more of his power in my life, and I want him to change the parts of me that don’t bring him glory.

In a culture bent on masking our vulnerabilities, admitting our weaknesses to God can feel like breaking through a three-foot concrete wall. But it will be well worth it.  He wants to meet you in your brokenness and put you back together so that you are whole in him.  He wants to sit with you in your place of hidden sin and give you strength to walk through to the other side.  He wants to speak truth into your life that allows you to believe you are good enough, simply because you belong to him.  He wants to reshape your motives, giving you strength to overcome the parts of you that seek value through your accomplishments.  He wants to heal you where you’ve been betrayed.  And he wants to give you the strength to put down the chips and turn to him for satisfaction when the world has drained you.

 

 

 

 

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About Stacey Pardoe

Stacey Pardoe is a wife, mother of two young children, writer, Bible teacher, and mentor. She is most passionate about walking closely with Christ and sharing his love with a broken world. Find out more about her at her website.

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