Today’s Truth

Today’s Truth

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise (Psalm 51:17, NIV).

Friend to Friend

He was a friend … a pastor visiting my husband and me for a few days. He had come for help and advice because his wife was broken – a statement that made me just a tad bit angry for some reason. I didn’t really know why it made me angry, but it did.

“John, what did you mean when you said your wife is broken?” I asked. His eyes filled with tears as he explained, “She has been diagnosed with clinical depression. Mary, you have never met her, but she is the strongest woman I have ever known. She is talented, godly, and beautiful. But six months ago, she broke. It’s like she shattered into a million pieces … and we don’t know how to put them back together. I can’t help her. And it is killing me!” With that, he began to weep.

Dan and I tried our best to encourage him.

We prayed with him.

We shared Scripture with him.

We promised to continue to pray for him and his wife.

But it didn’t seem like enough.

You see I am a fixer. If something is broken, I fix it. How hard is that? I had lived my life on the premise that if I was in some kind of pit, I built a bridge and got over it. Simple. It had been working fairly well … so far.

I don’t like broken things. Broken is frustrating. Fixed is good. Right? That is the way the human mind works – which is so often polar opposite to the way God’s mind works.

God’s ways really are so much higher than ours, and His thoughts are absolutely so much higher than ours. And I am so glad! I really do not want a God I can explain or fully understand. I desperately need a God who is supernatural … and my God is!

It was only a matter of months until I found myself at the bottom of that same dark pit of clinical depression. I, too, was broken. And for the first time in my life, I could not fix it. Not alone. It took an army of family, friends, and doctors … all used by God to bring His healing in His time.

And that is when I discovered an amazing truth that has changed the way I do everything – life, ministry – absolutely everything!

God loves broken.

Boom! There it is!

I know! It sounds backwards doesn’t it? But the fact is that His light shines best through the broken places in our lives. While we frantically try to fill those broken places with something … anything … He asks us to stop, be still, rest in Him, and let Him fill each wounded, broken place in our lives with His healing grace and love and forgiveness. When we do, He makes us stronger than we ever thought we could be.

And where is our greatest source of strength? Yep! You got it – in those broken places. And that is not all. It is from those broken places that He allows us to impact the lives of others who are broken.

M.R. DeHann says it beautifully:

“God used two broken stones tablets to cause the Israelites to repent of their disobedience.

God used broken earthen vessels to give the impression of an enormous army accompanying Gideon.

God used a broken heart to return King David to himself.

God used a broken roof to provide access for a cripple to be lowered by four faithful friends into the healing presence of Jesus.

God used broken loaves to feed five thousand and then some.

God used broken fishing nest to challenge the disciple to depend on him rather than their own efforts for their needs.

God used a broken ship to steer Paul to the island of Malta to reveal the gospel to the natives there.

God used a broken body, pierced for our sins, to provide salvation for all humankind.”

Today, embrace the pain in your life. Celebrate the broken places. Surrender them to your God and let Him heal them for your good and His glory.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You – broken, shattered and desperate for You. I come to You in complete surrender. Please lift me out of this pit and show me the way, Lord.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Read Psalm 40:1-3. “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

Circle all of the “action” words in these verses. What does God ask you to do? What does God say He will do? Do you believe Him? Are you willing to let Him be God in your life?

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12 Responses to “Broken”

  1. Margaret says:

    Wonderful message today about being “broken”. Great thoughts. I will share with my church family.


  2. shelley says:

    I needed this,more than I realized. Many turmoils,surround my life. My friend took his life,my father has been very ill, I’m facing financial burdens thst my husband and I need to resolve, and I have 1 shot left to get my RN degree. And I’m the fixer. Prayers,please…

  3. Beth says:

    15 years ago, my life broke apart. I lost my job after 22 years, I lost a marriage of 21 years and I lost my home. I found myself middle-aged with my entire world broken and unfamiliar. I was a fixer too – a controller. God has shown me that He doesn’t want me to be a fixer or controller. He wants me to depend on Him. It was a hard lesson to learn, but my heart grew so much closer to Him because I was broken and called out to Him. I praise God that I now have the peace and joy of knowing that God has me in His hands. I can call out to Him and He will answer! Praise His Name!!!

  4. dawn says:

    Thank you this was meant for me to read .

  5. Melonece says:

    Hi my name is Melonece thank you for your article on being broken please pray for me I am broken and so many ways so I asked that you pray for my marriage my finances my strength and my ability to love others thank you God bless you

  6. Ellen says:

    Good morning, this message was for me as well. Yesterday my son who is Associate Minister of my former church spoke something into my spirit that really resonated with me and gave me pause to think. You see, I’ve been divorced for 25 years and have come to feel very alone. In 2007 I suffered a second stroke and, too, was diagnosed with major depressive disorder which along with several other ailments resulted in me having to leave my job and be deemed disabled. While I have recovered from most of those ailments or have gotten others under control, I have been so unhappy. Sometimes I even question whether God even wants me to be happy again. What my son essentially said on yesterday was that God wants to blow my mind BUT he’s waiting for me to find contentment with where I am first. I need His help in order to get to that place. I’m asking for God’s guidance and for His help…and for your prayers.

  7. Dacia says:

    Love this! I look back at some of the most broken seasons of my life and PRAISE God for the strength he built in me, for the experience to love others and for his ultimate plan that NEVER fails. I was unable to see a way outside of the storm. What a fantastic truth to reflect on today!

  8. marynell says:

    We, those with clinical depression, actually have a head start, don’t we. Ive prayed for healing but God always says no…its because I’m a fixer and this helps keep me in my place – DEPENDENT and waiting on him. Like my friend Dave Burchett’S new book ‘Stay’, like a puppy I’m learning to sit and stay by Jesus’ side. Its a lot easier to follow Him that way. Thank you for this devotional

  9. Jackie says:

    Thank you. I needed to read this. I have been feeling low for the last several days. I know that God is with me in these difficult times. He has shown himself to be ever present and has brought me through several difficult situations in the last 3 months. I have faith that he will continue working in my life. I hold on to Jeremiah 29:11.

  10. Kathy says:

    Ellen, I feel the same way as you stated. Been divorced 18 yrs and wonder sometimes if God wants me happy. Like you, I need to find contentment with where I am first. So that’s my focus now. Thanks for all the comments…….all helpful. Am praying for all.

  11. Judy says:

    This how i was feeling for the past few days thank you i thought i was losing my mind but i know His working on me

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