A broken and contrite heart God will not despise. (Psalms 51:17) That is what the Bible says. It also say that in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33), assuring us that we will experience times of brokenness. The misconception is that brokenness is a bad thing. It is not. We typically run from anything that resembles heartache, pain or disappointment, and understandably so. However, there are times when brokenness is a part of the process and an instrument to growth. God truly does cause all things to work together for our good, including brokenness. (Romans 8:28)
God does not despise our broken hearts; therefore, we should not despise our brokenness. To be weak and needy of the Lord is a beautiful thing. God’s strength is perfect in our times of weakness, and there, we experience his love in the most heartwarming of ways. (2 Corinthians 12:9) David said in Psalms, “God is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (34:18)
I recall saying to a friend years ago “I feel so needy.” I did not mean it in a positive way. In fact, I meant it in the most negative way possible because I believed that neediness was bad. God has since turned my perspective right side up and today I am thankful for my neediness. The truth is, we are all needy, even when we believe we are not, and blessed are those of us who recognize it. Scripture says, “God blesses those who are poor in spirit and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”(Matthew 4:3)
God is always rescuing the brokenhearted in scripture, if you have not noticed. He is close to them, saves them and delivers them from all their troubles. So Beloved, do not despise brokenness. Instead, embrace it and let it have its perfect work knowing that help is on the way. Check the scriptures, it’s a promise.
Our striving is depleted in brokenness and God has the right of way to perfectly be himself in our lives, often times bringing about the very things we, in our strength, strived and prayed for. That is the beauty of brokenness, God’s strength is made (or free to be exactly what it is) perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9) and we are reminded that we need him. And that’s a good thing, remember—blessed are those who recognize their need for God. (Matthew 4:3)
If you are crushed in spirit today, don‘t despise it. You honestly don’t have reason to. Your brokenness is doing you a favor. God sees you and he is even closer to you in your weakness than he is in your strength. He is going to heal your broken heart, bind up your wounds (Psalms 147:3), and catapult you to a place that far exceeds where your heart desires to be. Only believe.
“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 38-39)