It was the first practice of seventh-grade football. I was so excited to play. It was the first year you could play on the school team. For this first practice, we did not have pads. The coach was just seeing who could run, throw, and catch. For one of the drills, I lined up as a wide receiver. I ran a pattern and the quarterback threw me a pass. The ball hit me right in the hands, which is a good thing except for when I looked at my fingers, my thumb bent at a 90-degree angle. I remember showing the coach and he just popped it back into place. That night as the pain grew and grew, I finally went to the doctor and sure enough, it was broken.
It totally messed up my season. That seventh-grade season, that I was so excited for, would never be the same. For most of the season, I wore a cast. It changed everything.
1. Has an injury ever come at the wrong time for you? How did it change your plans?
2. For those of you who are into sports, has an injury ever occurred to one of the players on your favorite team and it messed up the season?
The word fractured is defined as “the act of breaking; state of being broken.” Sadly, this defines many families in our culture. It is almost as if either the family is broken or in the act of breaking. The truth for most of us is that it hurts. It messed up a season or seasons. For many, they do not see a way out of the pain. The purpose of this book is to deal with the impact of brokenness in the family. We will work through that pain and see the healing and purpose that God can bring to you and your family.
Brokenness in the family is not a new thing. From Adam and Eve to Jesus and many people in-between we see hurt in the family. These fractures come in all shapes and sizes. I encourage you this week to read the devotionals. Staff from our Family Team share from their experiences. Here are the topics: death, anger, divorce, sickness, money, and addiction.
Matthew 9:9-13 says, “As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard it, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’”
Psalm 34:18 adds, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 147:3 continues, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Jeremiah 17:14 records, “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.”
3. Jesus is often called the Great Physician. What do you learn about the Great Physician in these passages?
4. What does Psalm 147:3-7 say about God’s credentials?
Psalm 147:3-6 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.”
5. When choosing a doctor what credentials do they need?
6. Why are God’s tenderness toward sinners, power over all things, and personal knowledge of all so important when evaluating His credentials?
7. What fractures have you struggled through? Are there scars? Are there things that you do differently now because of your wounds?
8. What is stopping you from healing?
Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
We all know people who will not go to the doctor. Some are too prideful, some are too scared, and some doubt there is any real help.
9. Does this by chance describe you at all when coming to the Great Physician? Is there pride standing in the way? Do you fear that God will not really show up?
Jesus promises us healing if we come to Him. That first requires the realization that we are sick and in need of help. It requires us to call upon Him.
In 1 Peter 2:24, we read, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
Healing always first starts with salvation and then grows into a daily casting our cares upon Him because He cares for us.
Chris Rice has a song that I love to sing:
Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!
Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus and live!
And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall, so
Fall on Jesus and live!
Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus and live!
O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus and live!
Maybe you feel weak and wounded today. Come to Jesus!