17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17
Broken is a good place to be, though we tend to think opposite of that. Our natural man rails against brokenness because it’s considered weak and ineffectual. We want to be strong and independent. The world teaches and pushes us to do be stronger and more assertive.
But there’s another way. It’s the way of the cross. It’s the way that Jesus lived. Was He a strong man? Absolutely. Consider what He did with the money changers. Consider what He did day to day amongst the Jewish leaders. Consider Him standing face to face with the leader of the known world, and not backing down. He was absolutely strong.
Now consider what it took for him to humble himself. It wasn’t weakness at all. It was a strength that still mystifies the world. Does anyone reading this doubt that at any time during the horrific crucifixion scene He could have called down several hosts of angels who would have done His bidding? But He didn’t because it wasn’t the will of the father. He had humbled Himself to do the will of the Father.
And that ultimately is what brokenness is all about: doing the will of the Father.
Are you doing the will of the Father today? If you are, fantastic! Even though the road seems rough and impassable (and often lonely), you’re doing what the Father wants.
If you’re not doing His will, what steps would you need to get there?