57 BrokennessPosted: April 8, 2013
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from the darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3
Blessed are the broken, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9.
We are all broken. All of us have “sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Some of us acknowledge our brokenness and some do not. If we don’t acknowledge our brokenness, we act out of pride. We hide behind a façade of capability. This is not to deny that we are capable in some areas, yet we all have areas of brokenness and weakness, areas in which we have unresolved problems. When we acknowledge our brokenness to God, He will come to our aid. We are weak. God wants us to acknowledge our weakness. In this state He gets the glory for any growth in our lives. The Lord puts us on display for His splendor.
For those of us dealing with recovery from perfectionism this can feel painfully embarrassing. We want to feel like we have it all together. We want to be in control. We want others to think highly of us. We want to feel good about ourselves based on how we perform at any given task, but feeling good about ourselves based on our performance is fleeting at best. We may do well today but what about tomorrow when we may fail miserably? An identity based on a self-esteem manufactured from performance is a recipe for discouragement and heartache. We need to base our identity on God’s view of us, rather than our performance.
We need to push through our embarrassment regarding our weaknesses and brokenness. Letting go of our mask of competency in those areas where we are not competent will bring our hearts into the Light where they can grow. God deserves the glory for all the good things in our lives. Humbling ourselves before Him leads to healing. When we acknowledge our brokenness, God gets the glory!
Broken and finding God’s glory,
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