Bad attitudes-fix it Jesus! Broken relationships-fix it Jesus! Financial distress-fix it Jesus! Who or what doesn’t need fixing and who or what doesn’t need Jesus? For all the things that bring out the worst feelings inside of us-FIX IT JESUS!
Here’s where I’ve landed when it comes to feelings: I will not submit to my feelings, I will submit my feelings to the Lord.Rather than asking Jesus to fix my situation, I will ask him to change my perspective because perspective can imprison us or empower us. We are always asking God to fix the brokenness all around us and perhaps we’re praying the wrong prayer?
Psalm 23-“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.He leads me beside still waters.3 He restores my soul.He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
In this particular passage, the word “restore” means “to turn back, turn around, return.” It suggests that there was once a point of origin that we wandered from. To restore means to turn around, retrace your steps and go back to where you came from.
Why fix temporarily what can permanently be restored? When God doesn’t “fix” our situations, it’s because He has a better plan. A plan to take us back to our “factory settings” so that we can function the way we were designed to function. A plan of restoration.
In the Old Testament, Abraham and Jacob physically returned to Bethel when they needed to detach themselves from life’s demands and attach themselves to Gods truth. Moses and Elijah climbed up mountains for a different view and different company. They had to get away from the perspectives of others to hear the perspective of God. Jesus himself did the same thing so that he could stay focused on the heart of his father and not his own.
I prayed a prayer the other day that wasn’t eloquent or unique, but it was a prayer of restoration. It went like this (cue the frustrated tone): “Ok, fine. You’re obviously not going to fix this. You’re not going to change them, I get it. So, alright Lord, go ahead…change me.” I said it through gritted teeth, knowing good and well what I was asking God to do. I was asking Him: What do you need me to learn in this? What character trait are you developing? What expectation do I need to release and what perspective do I need to embrace?
For all the time I’ve wasted carrying around unwanted emotions, He will turn back. For all of the thoughts that have strayed down the wrong path, He will turn around. For all the truth I have depleted from my soul, He will return. He leads us in paths of righteousness and is fully capable of helping us retrace our steps to find our way back to Him.