"We Will Fix What Your Husband Fixed"

This was printed on a sign posted outside an automotive repair shop. If the problem you are having is in the car, the plumbing, or an appliance, it is often better off in the hands of someone who is skilled, trustworthy, and has knowledge of how these items operate.

The same could be said about sin and the struggles within us. We believe we can “fix it.” We think our lives can operate with more money, more time, and more things. We condition our minds to think we are smart enough, experienced enough, and tough enough to make things better. We can mend this.

The prophet Jeremiah denounced the greedy prophets and priests of his day who “healed the hurt of my people slightly, saying ‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). The prophets and priests did not have the knowledge to change themselves much less lead the people of God to spiritual transformation. Therefore, God called the people to “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls” (v. 16). Peace came in the ways of God.

How did man think he got to be so good at repairing a life in shambles? Instead of trying to repair it himself, he should seek the advice of the One who made us all. Our tools cannot fix a life we did not create. God knows “the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). Rather than be embarrassed about how you tried to “fix” your life and it did not work, when trouble comes, seek God first. “Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7,8).

The parts of your life you have tried and failed to repair can be restored by the hand of God. God does not just patch your life to “get by” until something else happens. He removes the sin, restores the soul, and makes all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is not “patch work.” He creates “newness of life” (Romans 6:4). All things are transformed. By following His perfect and acceptable will, we prove His will is to be trusted as the only way our lives can be made whole again (Romans 12:2).