I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. -Psalm 31:12 (ESV)
We walk by faith, not by sight. -2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28 (NIV)
It’s a very hard thing to watch a loved one fall, suffer, and go down their broken road. We all know someone like that. We all have our broken roads to travel.
For unbelievers, it may be a road to perdition (eternal damnation and punishment for unrepentant sinners). For believers who have accepted Christ in their hearts, it is losing our way from the path God intends for us.
As believers…as agents of light…the light we carry and reflect–God’s light–can be used to help us navigate our path, and help draw others down the same path. It can be a guiding light to follow, like taillights of the car ahead of you at night, or a light to warn away from danger, like a lighthouse.
It’s the hardest thing to not just try and save yourself or a loved one in your own strength. In doing so, you may be enabling repeated sin, and delaying a very important tipping point: everyone must journey alone to their point of utter brokenness, so the Lord can work with them.
Trust in the Lord. Trust in His plans for you. Trust in His plans for your loved one. As I have to relearn over and over, you cannot control what others do, but you can control what you do. Choose to be His hands and feet in using His Word to guide you back on the right path and shine brightly…and that can aid others on their paths as well.
Trust that the broken road is what God needs us to travel to further sanctify us and take our broken pieces and put them together in a better way than we could have ever imagined. He can turn anything around. Let’s walk.
Jeremy Camp’s “Walk by Faith” reminds us to do just that, even down a broken road, which prepares His will for us.