Verse of the Day

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

~Psalm 34:18

Today's Devotional Thought

March 08, 2012 by Rachel Piferi


Broken & Beautiful

My daughter loves the Toy Story movies. It seems like we have them on all the time and I could recite many of the lines from them. There is a theme through all three of the movies that comes up in subtle dialogue and a couple of themes. And it is this fear that the toys have of being broken by someone who plays with them. When a toy gets broken, then they are no longer useful to the kids and they get thrown out, given to a daycare, or sold at a yard sale. And in the movies, the toys seem really afraid of getting broken.

As I watched it yesterday, I thought of this fear of being broken. How many of us are afraid of that very same thing? Afraid of being broken. Afraid that no one will want to be around us if they know that we're broken. Afraid that if we show the brokenness we have, then we won't be useful to others or to God.

Sheila Walsh has a new book called God Loves Broken People. And in it, she talks about the intimacy you can gain with God in those broken times. Scripture tells us that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in Spirit (Psalm 34:18). Scripture also tells us that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). We see the truth of God being the one who heals and binds in the book of Job as well (Job 5:18). Isaiah and Jeremiah also talk about the Lord healing and binding wounds after a period of loss and hurt (Isaiah 30:26; Jeremiah 29:11). And the best of all is that Scripture tells us that God will use all things {even broken things} to create good for his purposes and his people (Romans 8:28).

God does love broken people.

He does not want you to stay broken. But in that period of brokenness, he wants you to experience the intimacy with him that comes from trusting in him and feeling his love when you feel like you have nothing left. An intimacy, that quite frankly, does not often come when we are whole.

Oh sweet friends, toys may no longer be useful when they are broken. But as God's treasured children, we do not need to fear brokenness. We need only to realize that in those periods of brokenness, God will love us and reveal to us his care, his healing, and his strength. And through that knowledge, we have such use to him by telling others of his glorious faithfulness, his everlasting provision, and his incomprehensible love. A love that reveals itself best when we are broken.

God loves broken people. If you feel broken today, remember that. And if you know someone who feels broken, then remind them of that love and the great purpose they have in God's kingdom.

Memorize this verse today:

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
~Psalm 34:18

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