“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God thou wilt not despise.” Ps. 51:17
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
Have you ever seen a “broken man?” A man that is so destroyed, he no longer postures himself to disguise it? This person has come to terms with his fragility and there is no more hiding. This hopeless, feeble, searching and dependent state would cause most people to inwardly cringe at the thought. Every human being has their “breaking point”; a place where once he is taken there, he no longer is the same person again. Many people live their lives in fear of this “breaking point”. Thousands succumb to a tedious life of mediocrity stuffing their mouths or emptying their wallets to numb the desire for more; because they fear the risk of where it might take them, or what it would make them. Some loose themselves in reckless abandon to do “it all” before life consumes them or thier window of opportunity. But, in God’s eyes, a man who has risked it all to no avail, and has come to the end of himself is actually in the best postition. He is in the position to recieve grace. When a person is completely broken, he can now accept his personal fragility and come to the humble beginning place where God can rebuild him. God created man in His image and even with our human shortcomings, man is a masterpiece. The gift of self-will has caused many to rebell with a spirt of pride. The nature of pride repels the hand of help from anyone–even God. This is the quickest way to move out from under the protection of the Almighty One. Being broken is not bad, it is actually just the beginning. The more broken you have become, the better God’s restoration power can be seen through you. And when God is finished with the masterpiece of your life, it may not be what you expect, but it will definitely be better than anything you could have made of it.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I am broken. I am not going to lie or hide anymore for you see me as I am. When the doors are closed and the windows drawn, you know what a mess I truly am. I am so thankful to read that this is a gift to you. In Psalms 51:17 it says that you do not despise me. Oh, Lord. I despise myself! Lord, help me. I am desperate for a change and desperate for a real life. I would have thought that by this age, I would have gotten further. But, Lord, I am here now, and I am asking for you to hold me in your bosom. This is exactly where I need to be—and I cannot believe this is what I have been running from all along! Thank you for your mercy. I accept the love you are giving to me now. Heal me so that someday soon, I will be able to show others just how good you really are. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.”