You’re not the mechanic

Have you ever been in a situation where you had a problem, yet you could not pinpoint where the problem was. Perhaps you had a car that was having problems, and you could not understand what was wrong with it. You opened the hood or went underneath the engine and the problem was simply not evident. We can experience the same problem in our spiritual life. We can have a day where we are not right with God and we just don’t know what has gone wrong. I have found that one of the great principles of the Christian life is that we don’t have to know how to fix our problems, just Who can.

It’s true. We don’t need to know exactly what went wrong, or how we have failed. We need to realize with all our hearts that Jesus can fix us. Luke 18:13 gives an example of a publican, "And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner." This passage is demonstrating the publican’s humility in comparison to the Pharisee’s, but we can observe an interesting principle here. The publican did not list off his sins and where he went wrong. He did not mention every wrong motive or how he had perhaps slowly gone off track. He simply went to God. He said, "be merciful to me." This passage continues and tells us that he received mercy.

If you have had car trouble (and you aren’t a mechanic), you may have taken the car to a mechanic. You didn’t need to tell the mechanic every single thing that was wrong and the how and why and what. You simply put the car in his hands and asked him to fix it. So I would like to encourage you, put your life in God’s hands. He knows what is wrong. Ask Him to reveal your faults to Him and then humbly ask Him to work in your heart to change you.

David was a man after God’s own heart. When he sinned he didn’t try to figure things out. He humbly went to God and asked God to change Him. If you read psalm 51 you will see the heart of David. He wasn’t caught up with deducing every little problem. He simply cried to God over and over again. He called to God to change him and restore him, and God did.

"Have mercy upon me / Wash me / Purge me / Make me / blot out all mine iniquities / Create in me a clean heart / Cast me not away / Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation / Deliver me . . ." – Psalm 51

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