What does it mean to be “broken by God?” This is a new phrase to me, but maybe not to you? Or maybe it’s been on your heart, as well?
Pastor Dan White:God is always at work in our lives to bring us and to keep us in a love relationship with Him. He does this without violating the free will He has placed in us. Yet, He creates adversity and difficulty to make us realize how weak and frail we are. He creates these difficulties because He loves us. Let us never forget that. Just as a loving parent takes away things and people who are bad influences from their children, so God takes away people and things from us. He breaks us into pieces. He breaks us because He loves us.
I have suffered some harsh lessons the past few months, the truth belonging to other people has been given to me, like the most unwanted gift. I’ve responded poorly. I haven’t spent time in prayer or meditation, I haven’t consulted God and asked for help; other than some emotional whining, I’ve not given God the opportunity to teach me this lesson. I’ve attempted to fix it myself. THREE times!!
I am slow to learn. Very. Slow.
Psalm 51:17 It is a broken spirit you want—remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore.