Why do we need to be broken?
What kind of God would intentionally break us?
When we break a bone we must seek proper care as soon as possible.
If we do not, the bone will heal crooked and
cripple our ability to walk or run properly.
Likewise, when our spirits are injured,
we must seek guidance and healing from our Creator.
When we don’t, we can end up emotionally and/or spiritually crippled, unable to live the abundant life that we were designed to live.
Like a broken bone, our hearts must be set properly
if we are to be fully healed.
No one questions the doctor who has to
re-break a bone that has healed incorrectly.
Why does our Creator God not receive the same courtesy?
“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men,
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin,
you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
And you have forgotten that word of
encouragement that addresses you as sons:
‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.’ *
Endure hardship as a discipline; God is treating you as sons.
For what son is not disciplined by his father?
If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline),
then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
Moreover, we have all had human fathers who
disciplined us and we respected them for it.
How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!
Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best;
but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.
Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness
and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
‘Make level paths for your feet,’** so that the lame may not be disabled,
but rather healed.”
* Proverbs 3:11-12