TUESDAY, JULY 20
The sacrifice You desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Psalm 51:17 (NLT2)
OVERCOMING SHAME: LET GOD BREAK MY HEART OVER IT
Sometimes God has to do things to get our attention, like breaking bones. When a young lamb continually strays from the flock, a shepherd might even have to resort to breaking the lamb’s leg to keep it from wandering. Then the shepherd will carry the lamb until its bones are mended.
David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). However, David strayed and had to go through a place of brokenness about His sin before He returned home spiritually. Watchman Nee wrote, “Our spirit is released according to the degree of our brokenness. The one who has accepted the most discipline is the one who can best serve. The more one is broken, the more sensitive he is. The more we desire to save ourselves, in that very thing we become spiritually useless. Whenever we preserve and excuse ourselves, at that point we are deprived of spiritual sensitivity and supply. Let no one imagine he can be effective and disregard this basic principle. Brokenness is a good thing.”
Hebrews 3:15 warns us, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” When was the last time you sensed God wanting you to do or change something? How did you respond? If you feel your heart has grown cold or hard toward God, ask Him to soften it and help you remain sensitive to His Spirit.
God promises to receive us when we come humbly and broken to Him. Thank Him for accepting you. Praise Him for His mercy.