Daily Devotional 4-8-19

The Blessing of Brokenness
 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17
 
The Kentucky Derby is one event that increases the visibility of the state in this country. It is the best horse racing contest in the world.  In this derby, well-bred and trained celebrity horses are enrolled to compete at the highest level. This competition attracts many people who travel from different parts of the world.  This is not just a competition. It is also a business where people make lots of money.
 
This question comes to mind: How does a wild horse become so obedient to the point of responding to its trainer? These wild and untamed horses go through a breaking process to transform them into obedient creatures. For some of these animals their obedience and other good traits take them into celebrity status.
 
Having this in mind, let us explore the difference between a broken and an unbroken person. The former yields to the instructions of God. The latter does not. He or she is still wild and the natural affections have not been transformed yet. The Christian life is not easy to live. Living to please God is not easy. This is because Christians live in the tension between obedience and disobedience, surrender and control, Christ-centered and self-centered, etc. It takes the process of sanctification, through the power and grace of Holy Spirit, to transform us from our “wild” nature into submissive and yielding children of God.
 
The extent to which we yield to God determines the extent to which we love him.
 
The purpose of brokenness is not to deprive us of some seeming comfort. On the contrary, it brings the best out of us. Brokenness enhances our lives by fine-tuning our rough edges, making us reflect more of Jesus. Brokenness makes us matured in Christ, cultivating the fruits of the spirit, because we do not live for ourselves any longer, but Christ lives in us. The process is not easy. However, the Holy Spirit enables us with grace for transformation. Brokenness builds character and helps us to yield to the nudges and voice of God.
 
PRAYER: Holy Spirit grant me the patience and endurance to yield and live a life of self-denial.
 
REFLECTION: What areas of your life have you not yielded to God?