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June 23, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again


Daily Reading: Psalm 51-57

 

Psalm 51:17

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

 

Usually, humankind despises things that are broken. We fix them or throw them away, but God loves the broken.  There are many ways to be broken: there is being financially broken, bones can be broken, mentally broken, and emotionally broken, these we try, and many times can fix. But to be broken by sin, who can fix that on their own? Humans can pay restitution for past wrongdoings and even stop from committing their sins in the future. But as every old person probably has learned, sin casts a long shadow. Even though sin has been made right, the consciousness of sin remains. If it were possible for our own mortal brain to wipe out it’s memory, there is always our spiritual enemy that has a way of reminding, bringing up, and relitigating past sins. Yes, indeed, with the human race we want to fix things and then discard the unfixable. 

 

But not God. He loves the broken. He loves those that have been broken by sin and have transgressed against Him and against our neighbors. You don’t believe this? Consider this: about 740 years before Christ was born the prophet Isaiah prophesied this: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord… (Isaiah 61:1-2)

 

Now, fast forward to the life of Christ.  At the beginning of His earthly ministry He, just after being tempted in the wilderness, entered into Nazareth, went to the synagogue, picked up a scroll and began to read. He read the portion of Isaiah that is quoted above.  He then closed the book; all eyes were fastened upon Him, and He said: This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. (Luke 4:18-21) Jesus plainly stated that He was the one Isaiah prophesied of, He was the one that would be the first to preach the good news of deliverance, He would be the one that would heal the brokenhearted.  He does not throw away the broken, He heals them.

 

But this is the catch, before He can heal the broken spirit, the broken hearted, they must be broken. The prerequisite of being healed in spirit and heart by the Lord is the breaking of the spirit and the heart.  With God, a person bringing to Him their broken spirit and broken and contrite heart because of their sins is the sacrifice He accepts.  He does not despise the broken among us, He heals them, if only they would bring their brokenness to Him being contrite. How is this done? Through faith. By faith we give to Him our sacrifice of brokenness, then He begins the healing process.  This is sometimes called “conviction.”

 

Simply put, give your brokenness to the Lord, He can heal you.  It’s a process (not salvation, for that is instantaneous upon accepting His sacrifice, His gospel, but one’s healing takes time). He can and will heal you, but only if you sacrifice your brokenness to Him.  The greatest, most loving, and deeply devoted, servants of His are those who have suffered great heartbreak, brokenness of spirit, and have been healed by Him.  After all, all God has to use in this life are those who have been broken and healed through His Gospel.

 

Dr. William T. Howe

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