By The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17 NIV)
Imagine if you will a beautiful stallion galloping across a meadow. His sleek coat is glistening in the sun. His long mane is blowing in the wind. He’s so beautiful, so majestic, so gifted and powerful, yet absolutely useless to his master… until broken. Many of us are the same way. We may have many gifts and talents. We may have much we could offer God and those around us, but we’re absolutely useless to our Master until we’re broken.
To be broken is to completely lay aside your personal agendas and yield fully to the lordship of Christ. For most of us that doesn’t happen until God brings us through a season of heartache and pain. It’s a painful process but the rewards are enormous.
Samuel anointed David to be king over Israel. God declared him the undisputed king of His people on that day. Yet, David did not take his rightful place on the throne for ten long painful years. God had a plan to use David in unprecedented ways, but David was not ready. He had to be broken and surrender his will to God’s will. God already had one unyielding king in Saul. He did not want another.
When David penned these words he had come to a fundamental understanding. God doesn’t want vessels that merely hold the things of His spirit. He wants broken vessels, so that those things can poor out into the lives of others. So, bare this in mind when God brings that season of brokenness into your life. He wants to make you useful to the Master. He’s preparing you for greatness in The Kingdom of God. So, yield to the process and don’t try to fix what God’s trying to break.
I think about the years I spent just passing through
I’d like to have them back again
And give them all to You
But You just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there and You understand
It’s all part of a grander plan
That is coming true
That every long lost dream
Led me to where You are
Others who broke my heart
They were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way
Into You loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to You
God Bless The Broken Road by Geoff Moore from the album, Geoff Moore ©1999 ForeFront Records