Beautiful Things From the Dust (Part 2)

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OUT OF THE DUST

To My Broken and Weary Friends:

Part 1 was a hard one to swallow, I know.  I shared how God starts with dust in his hands before he makes beautiful things.  If you don’t humble yourself as dust, then you don’t actually have any hope before God.  If you’re broken you then have a reason for great hope!

You can’t even begin this journey of hope without humbly submitting to God, and you can’t continue that journey without staying in that same posture.  I can’t apologize for it.  Jesus said it all the time.(Mt 18:3, 19:24)   The process of humbling ourselves and submitting to God really does stink, but it’s the only way God can get glory out of a human being.

Now, I want to address those of you who truly are broken.  You already know you’re dust.  You don’t think much of yourself or what you have lived for.  You’re out of energy, out of time, out of hope.  Dear friend, you have more hope than the vast majority of people walking this earth right now.  Why?  Because you have arrived at the singular stark truth upon which true hope hinges.  Most in this world do not even see it.  The world bustles on frantically going places, doing, being and saying much, but mankind is blind to his own glaring brokeness! Man’s systems are broken.  Man’s morals, Man’s justice, Man’s love…its all broken! I am broken.  You are broken.  What beauty could possibly come from this train wreck?

Come on folks its time to raise the white flag.  We’re done.  Lets stop pretending here.  My dear broken and weary friends, welcome to hope!  Welcome to your divine purpose.  You were made to glorify God and enjoy him forever!

James 4:7-10 says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

Notice it says “He WILL lift you up” not “he can lift you up.”  God is no liar.  This is a promise.   Its as good as the oxygen in your lungs right now.

Now lay yourself down before the Lord.  I know you don’t have much strength left, but gather the last grains you have left and offer them to him.  Acknowledge your sin. Call upon him as your hope. Submit to him.  Press in to Him, I mean really chase Him. Enjoy Him. Thoroughly intend to obey His every word even if it seems crazy.  Determine to love Him and accept His love.  Determine to glorify Him.

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1″Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
    but he will heal us;
he has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.
2 After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will restore us,
    that we may live in his presence.
3 Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.” -Hosea 6:1-3

What has God made out of the dust with you?  Comment below and share your journey.

3 responses to “Beautiful Things From the Dust (Part 2)

  1. OH my…did this ever come at a good time! I guess His timing really is perfect. After the meltdown I had last night, I do have hope! Thanks for sharing what the Lord has put on your heart.

    • Dear Anonymous,
      Whenever God ploughs the soil of your heart, you can be sure he does it in order to sow precious seed for his glory. So often we miss the beauty and hope in being broken. The seed is in the ground. Pray for rain. Wait patiently, expectantly and obediently. Blessings to you

      • Yes, I am bursting at the seams with joy…even though I am very broken at this moment and alot of tears have been shed and challenges are coming my way. I can see the reason for it and the growth that will come from it. The hard part is having patience while waiting!

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