Growing up the only two options we had to purchase and to listen to music was the famous 8 track tapes (which thankfully are now part of history) and 12 inch vinyls called record albums or records for short. There were also smaller records called 45s or the older 78s. Records had great sound quality but were susceptible to scratches which gave it what we called the rice krispy sound. If the scratches were deep enough it would cause what we called a skip, or an over and over repeating. This would take “she loves you yeah, yeah, yeah” and turn it into “she loves, she loves, she loves……..”. This defect of a record repeating became the birthplace for the figure of speech often spoken as “sounding like a broken record”. It refers to when something has been said over and over again.
As I consider the history of God and His people throughout the scriptures, I realize in many ways that God is the first and holiest of broken records. The record of scripture shows God over and over again speaking through the prophets some of the same things to His people. Remember Me and the great things that I have done. Do not forget. Love others. Forsake evil and do good. The list could go on.
In many ways our ministry is the same broken record of some of the simple, but very precious things which are very close to the heart of the Father. The lost and unsaved. The orphan and widow. The poor and needy. When I think about the work that the Lord has given us the following verses come to mind;
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:16-17)
“He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; Then it was well. Is not that what it means to know Me?” Declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 22:16)
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.(Acts 1:8)
Simply put the Lord has spoken over and over about His desire for the salvation of men from sin and destruction. He has spoken over and over about caring for the orphan and widow and poor and needy. Our ministry is simply a record player playing the broken record of God’s heart for these things. It takes all of together as the people of God to hear and respond. We ask for your prayers and also that you would consider supporting this work. A broken record would result in a response from the hearer when it was a song. Let the people of God also respond!