Devotional: ‘God Restores Broken Lives by His Grace’

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I once read the story of a congregation that ordered beautiful stained glass windows for the building of their new sanctuary. But when the windows arrived, the people discovered that many of them had been broken during the shipping. At first the people were devastated. It had taken months for the windows to arrive and they knew that reordering them would delay the completion of their new sanctuary. Then a man in their congregation asked if he could have some time to take the broken pieces and try to repair them. No one believed that he could, yet finally they agreed. After a few short weeks the artist unveiled the first of the windows he had refashioned. It appeared that he had taken various pieces from each window and fabricated a beautiful scene from the Bible. The new window was a million times more beautiful than the original. Everyone was amazed that what was once broken had been remade into something so beautiful.

The Bible contains story after story of how God has taken the broken pieces of someone’s life, and by His grace, made something new and beautiful. There’s the story of a woman at a well who had been involved in multiple relationships, and yet, by the grace of God, she became an instrument that God used to reach an entire village. There’s the story of a tax collector who had the reputation for swindling people, and yet, who after his salvation, was willing to pay back four times as much as he had accumulated by his cheating. There’s also the story of a man who had been filled with demons, but after coming to Jesus, was found sitting at the feet of the Savior, clothed and in his right mind. This week we will study the story of another work of God’s grace. This week we will study the story of a harlot named Rahab who became an important part of our Savior’s ancestry.

Matthew 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king. ESV

As I have spent time thinking about the life of Rahab, I have been blessed to see once again how God was able to take something that was broken and make it into something beautiful. Join me this week as we see how God used the glue of His grace to restore her broken life.

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