Brokenness is the means through which God performs some of His deepest work within our hearts. A.W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” Likewise Alan Redpath once wrote, “When God wants to do an impossible task, He takes an impossible individual – and crushes him.”

This seems to be the divine pattern. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). The hard “outer shell” of the seed must be broken so that the life of the Spirit can come through. Plainly put, God (and only God) can “deconstruct” the self so that life’s priorities, focus, and passions are redirected to Him alone, the true Source of life.

The Lord is near to the one with a broken heart. Those who are broken in heart have discovered that they cannot control their own lives. They are inwardly “shattered,” and therefore need divine help. Contrary to conventional wisdom, which says “God helps those who help themselves”. He prefers to use broken vessels in His service (Ps. 51:19).

The LORD is “near” to the brokenhearted. This adverb means “close enough to touch.” Every point of our brokenness is to draw us to God for healing: “The LORD heals the broken in heart and binds up their wounds” (Ps. 147:3), to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” (Is. 61:1)

PRAYER: Lord heal my broken heart and bind my wounds.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |1 SAMUEL 27-29 & LUKE 13:1-22

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