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Bring It Broken

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18

I have three kids that love to play with toys. I have made many toys out of wood and given them to my children as gifts. Swords, pistols, blocks, trains – just to name a few. With as many toys as they have, there are always some that are bound to get broken. They are constantly bringing me toys that they have played a little too roughly with that just couldn’t hold up to the beating they put them through. It seems that most of the time when it happens it is because they used that toy in a way it was never intended to be used. Often, they will have tried to fix it before they brought it to me so they don’t have to bother me with it, or so they can just keep right on playing with it without having to wait through the fixing process. I don’t blame them for trying, but it is a whole lot easier for me to fix the toy if they haven’t tried to fix it first, because I inevitably have to “unfix” it in order to do it right. If they had just come to me first, it would have saved them from frustration and a whole lot of wasted time.

We often find ourselves in the same situation with our Heavenly Father. We make mistakes in our lives, and we make a mess out of things. Often it seems it is because we did things in our lives that we were never intended to do as Christians, but then we try to put the mess back together ourselves. We try to fix the problem because we think that God may be mad at us or doesn’t want to be bothered with our problems. What God really needs and wants us to do is just bring Him the pieces and let Him do His work of putting it back together. He designed and created our lives in the first place, and He knows the plan for our lives from the beginning to the end. Who better to fix our lives and put them back together than the One who created it? Our responsibility is simply to admit our mistake, whatever it may be, approach God in honesty about our situation, and ask for His help.

When my children bring me broken toys, I have to admit that I may initially be a little upset at the way they handled it that caused it to break. It doesn’t take me long to get over it because I know how to fix it, and I am just glad that I have children who need me. I believe God is the same way with His children. He already knows the mistake, and I think it warms His heart to know that His children are willing to bring their broken pieces to Him to put back together.

Read also: Psalm 34:1-22

Quote of the day: “Whatever our spiritual malady may be, we should apply to this Divine Physician. There is no brokenness of heart that Jesus cannot bind up.” – Charles Spurgeon

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