Lord, Bless This Mess
by Gloria Laroza T.
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LORD, BLESS THIS MESS
Let’s admit it, who needs mess? We can only imagine a peaceful world, an immaculate home, a perfect family, a church full of sinless people, leaders who can never go wrong.
But the reality is, as long as we’re here on earth there will be troubles. Our sink gets clogged, our cars need repairs, we get old and wrinkled, machines and our joints need overhaul. These days, we can no longer rely on our future retirement plans, there’s not even a guarantee that tomorrow we will still have jobs.
In the midst of our messy and unpredictable life, are we just going to wait for someone like the leaders of our nations, priests and ministers, parents and leaders of our community to fix our lives? Are we just going to sit in our comfort zones and wish and hope for better things to come? When are we going to stop blaming others for the mess that we are in, and start being the solutions to the problems?
Even one voice can make a difference. A voice that reaches the heavens, in humble submission to the Creator of us all. If we start believing that God will meet us and transforms us from our seemingly hopeless situation to a life of peace and joy, then He can use our brokenness to make us whole again. This may seem easier said than done, but let’s admit it. We are nothing without God.
You and I are not perfect. Our world is in disarray. Like everybody else, I can only hope for a better tomorrow. I am a human being with many flaws. Impatience and pride can easily get on the way of my faith. I am growing impatient with my own slow spiritual growth and those of my loved ones. But I believe God works in His perfect time. He said, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Genuine faith is first of all admitting we will never have our act completely together. That’s why we need God. Jesus chose the 12 imperfect disciples, whose company He actually enjoyed. He never turned His back on sinners, he even associated with them. He knew that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. He hated sins yet love the sinners. What He can’t stand were the hypocritical and self-righteous Pharisees and teachers of law who think they’re only ones who were right. He showed love, compassion, and forgiveness even to the misfits, people who struggles, men and women who do things they regret. People who truly repent of their sins.
Our Loving and Sovereign God,
Thank You for loving us in spite of the mess and brokenness You see in us. Thank You for Your mercy and grace by sending Your Only Son Jesus who died at the cross so we can live. Forgive us for our sins, and help us to forgive those who had sinned against us. Help us to trust you in all aspects of our lives. Thank You for lifting us up above the shaking ground to a place that is solid like a rock. In Jesus Name, Amen.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6
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Dear Gloria, This was just excellent! You highlighted SO MANY wonderful lessons and truths. I loved what you wrote here: "When are we going to stop blaming others for the mess that we are in, and start being the solutions to the problems?" Oh, yes... that is the attitude we all need to have right now. And God's power is made perfect in our weakness (imperfections). When we are at our low points and turn to Him - that is when He does some of His best work :-). And you are so right - He hates sins but loves sinners! And, aren't we all blessed by that! Thank you, dear Gloria, for sharing such an inspired message with us! Love, SiS Peggy
AMEN Sis Gloria, we sure are in a mess and may God bless this mess we are in. I agree with the others I think you said it all and did a very good job of it as well. We will never be perfect as the world knows perfectness and the world sure could use God's blessing right now. I love you, Sharon
I can really relate, God bless this mess. It is all in Capable hands. Trusting with you. Great job. Lots of love, Mitzi
Good title; good topic; good points. I think you said it all. We are all in the same boat, imperfect sinners, saved by grace. If it weren't for the grace of God we would all be condemned. I think Jesus loved the Pharisees and Scribes too, but He hated their arrogance and their pride. He would have saved any of them too, had they given Him a chance. After all, Nicodemus came to Jesus and Jesus accepted and changed him....You have a lot of great points for us to consider...Helen