Friday, February 19, 2010

Brokenness

I've still been mulling over Shallowness in my life, and it's brought me to another -ness.

Brokenness.

Can a person be truly broken when their life is on Easy Street? God delights in a broken and contrite heart yet so often we (okay, I) think brokenness comes with trials and “bad” things in our lives. But I think you can be on Easy Street and still be broken before God, just like you can be in great trials and not be broken before God.
Brokenness is a heart condition.
Everything can be going well, in fact, I think you can be in a stage of your life when you're realizing your goals and when dreams are coming true and still be broken before God. God doesn't say a broken life pleases Him.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. ~Psalm 51:17

When our heart's attitude is one of complete dependence on Him,
when we see that without Him we can do nothing,
when we realize that our weaknesses set the stage for His strength,
God is glorified in and through us.

Life can be routine and seemingly have nothing special going on or coming up, but we can be on our knees, broken before God. It's a heart attitude and a head attitude. It's not false false humility—pride masquerading as humility, but true humility before God, regardless of who sees you, or doesn't see you.

Lord, please take me, break me and make me into a vessel You can use for Your glory.

Other posts in this series:
Shallowness
Smoothness
Freshness

4 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed the interview with the Munsons. I love suspense, so their books sounds really terrific.

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  2. I can't agree more, Peej. I've been at opposite ends of the spectrum, and brokenness is still a necessity to walk with Him deeply and intimately. Beautiful. Will check out the rest of the series.

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  3. Anonymous10:00 AM

    A much needed reminder. Thanks.
    Sunny

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  4. Amazing word Patty, thank you. By the way, did you know I'm writing a series of messages God gave me and they are on the -ion words? There is something definitely going on in Him here! Mine is about exchanging negative -ion words for +. Like trading deception for restoration, etc...He is pouring my cup full of ideas on this one, and I can tell He is with you as well. Bless you my friend!

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