Monday, November 17, 2008

Living With Dysfunction

I came across this verse today in a study on peace:
"Because they lead my people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth." Ezekiel 13:10-11

Looks like the leaders of Israel in Ezekiel's day were content living with dysfunction. This obviously does not please God. If you're trying to live a life to please God, you are called to fix problems in your life.

This sounds simplistic, but I know so many "Christians" who have become complacent in various broken relationships in their lives because they are simply unwilling to do the messy of work of trying to fix the problem via humbling conversation and confession. They hate their jobs but won't do anything about it. They hate the way their kids act but they don't have the tough conversations and live the example of love those kids desperately need. That's like whitewashing a flimsy wall. God says if you live this way, not only will your "flimsy wall" not get better, but he'll actually send hail to knock it over! Have you been praying God will fix a problem in your life and it gets worse? God wants to help you fix it, but if you just whitewash it he'll send a storm.

God hates it when we are content living with a dysfunction. He wants us to live and love in spirit and in truth, but that means dealing with dysfunction. Where are you dysfunctional? Boldly confront your "flimsy walls" in the humility and love of God.

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