Theme of the Week: Brokenness Is Real
Bible Verse: “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 NIV
Scripture Reading: Psalm 34
Have you ever broken something valuable? If you have, you’ve probably known intense frustration and disappointment. In God’s economy, broken things are not bad things. Broken things can be beautiful. David said these words in Psalm 51:17 “My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” We can offer our brokenness as a sacrifice to God, and He will not despise it. Psalm 34:18 reminds us, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
That’s good news. Our world has so much brokenness: economic, illness, abuse, conflict, and injustice. There may be broken things in your life: dreams, relationships, health, loss. But God is acquainted with our grief and pain. He specializes in taking broken things and turning them into beautiful things.
God doesn’t disregard or get rid of things that are broken. He mends, restores, and uses brokenness for his glory, and that’s good news for us all.
The great preacher, Vance Havner, put it this way: “God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”
Brokenness does not have to be an obstacle. It can be your greatest opportunity. Offer your weakness, flaws, and broken places to God as a sacrifice. If you do, He can use them for His glory.
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