September 22 The End of Brokenness

Scripture reading: James 1:22–25

Key verse: James 1:25

He who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

One of the amazing results of brokenness is refreshment. If you allow brokenness to have its way in your life, ultimately you will experience greater inner peace and refreshment for your soul. This may be hard to imagine, especially when you find yourself in the throes of spiritual or emotional unrest.

God uses times of brokenness to bring you to the end of yourself. When this happens, your dependence shifts from self-seeking to seeking God and His will. The surest way through brokenness is found in surrender to and dependence on Jesus Christ. The more you resist God’s intervention, the more difficult things become.

God created you and knows what it takes for you to fully glorify Him. He also wants to bless you, but blockages in your life keep Him from doing so. This is not a dark thought. Throughout life, God is at work shaping, molding, and sanding off the rough edges of our lives. If God is interested in your becoming all that He means for you to become, don’t look at it negatively. Rejoice that He is at work in your heart.

In The Imitation of Christ, Thomas á Kempis wrote, “True quietness of heart … is gotten by resisting our passions, not by obeying them.” At the end of brokenness, there is abundant life springing forth from a heart overflowing with God’s love.

Lord, I surrender to You. Shape me, mold me, and sand off the rough edges of my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 277). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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