We live in a world full of broken people so we have to live in the reality of broken families – biological, church, and even friends. People deal with broken relationships in many different ways. So if relationships will always cause pain because we are all broken, what’s the point and how do deal with them? Let’s take a look at why our relationships are broken.
When we don’t consume the Word of God, we are spiritually starving. It is good to fast from the physical, but it is never good to fast from the spiritual. Any healthy diet ensures that nutrition is part of your eating plan. In the same way, we can not remove the nutritional aspects from a spiritual diet; we must continue to consume every word that comes from the mouth of God. This is our prayer time, the time we spend reading and studying Scripture, and the time we set aside to be in community with others who are on the same diet and can offer us healthy spiritual nourishment. These are the “good” foods of our spiritual sustenance.
There is something important we can learn from the story of Zacchaeus — he only wanted to see Jesus. He just wanted to watch. He wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Although he was a rich and influential man, he wasn’t popular or well-liked. I imagine that he didn’t expect Jesus would be too interested in getting to know him, others weren’t, but it didn’t change the fact that he wanted to see Jesus or that Jesus had a different idea.
The word “hope,” often thrown about like confetti in our society, has a much deeper impact for those who have chosen to follow Christ. We hear statements all the time like “I hope you get the job,” and “I hope everything works out.” This type of hope is limited and meaningless, wishful thinking, really. What impact does hoping someone gets what they want really have on the outcome of their situation?
I know that we are to come to God with a spirit of expectation. But, if I’m honest, I don’t always know what to expect. If I come to Him with expectations of miracles, and healing, and supernatural victories and He chooses not to do those things then I am disappointed or hurt. Read More