Scripture Reading: Psalm 77
Key Verse: Psalm 77:6
I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search.
Failure to see God at work in the circumstances that accompany brokenness can result in several self-defeating responses:
- Many people become bitter. Emotionally they internalize their distress, leading to a critical and complaining spirit. Spiritually they are turned off to God, disinterested in His Word, the church, or His people.
- Others explode or simmer in anger. They are disturbed that God has allowed such difficulty. They grow hostile to any mention of His name.
- Some try to escape their situations. They either ignore the problem, hoping it will go away, or turn to escapist elements—drugs, immorality, fanaticism.
- Still others seek to manipulate their environment, hoping their cleverness can eventually solve the problem.
Unfortunately these avenues don’t embrace the solution God offers—entrusting ourselves and our problems to Him, depending wholly on His help and grace.
Can you identify with any of these reactions to brokenness? If so, ask God to forgive you, and look anew and afresh to Him. A surrendered heart is the beginning of a new outlook based on God’s encouraging perspective.
O God, I want to respond properly to brokenness. Don’t let me be bitter or angry. Don’t let me try to escape or manipulate situations. I surrender my heart and life to You.