Making Repairs In Our Life

Richard Thetford

There have been some men who have tried to fix something and just couldn’t quite get it to work. They could not get the item fixed right. If you happen to be one of those men, then you will probably appreciate this sticker that I recently saw on the side of a company truck specializing in home repair: “We will fix what your husband fixed”

Whether the problem is the plumbing, electrical, flooring, or bathrooms, it’s usually better off in the hands of someone who is skilled and trustworthy in those areas. That’s the way it is with sin – and the struggles within us that resist our efforts to mend it. Jeremiah denounced the greedy prophets and priests of his day who “healed the hurt of God’s people slightly, Saying, Peace, peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). They did not change themselves nor lead the people to spiritual transformation. So the Lord called the people to follow His way: “Thus says the Lord: "Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it” (Jeremiah 6:16).

Centuries later, Jesus, the Son of God said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The parts of our lives that we have tried and failed to repair can be restored by the hand of God. Through faith in Christ, we can be made whole!

Life’s fractures can be mended

By faith in Christ the Lord

At first the pain but then the gain

And usefulness restored.

— Hess