Broke? (Job 6:8-9)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:  Broke?

Neither you nor I necessarily crave it; in fact, most avoid it at all costs. But when a believer goes though it, it's the most cherished of experiences. It is called, brokenness. Job is being extremely crushed in the crucible of life, and yet he asks for even more:

“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant me the thing that I long for! That it would please God to crush me" (Job 6:8-9). 

"Bring it on," he says! This is not some strange masochistic death wish, but a very real and necessary process followers of Messiah must go through. The only way for a wild, stubborn, rebellious horse to be tamed is to be broken first, and God is in the business of "taming" us.

There is a second wonderful advantage in being crushed: there's no other time in the Christian experience when one senses God's presence as much as when being broken. You sense His nearness as never before; His voice is more audible--or is it, rather, that we've just not been listening?

Thirdly, there is an unexplainable power and joy in the process. Paul discovered it: "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death (Philippians 3:9).  And fourthly, brokeness is pleasing to God.

Pain, crushing, brokenness, trials, sacrifice, tribulation, fasting, suffering and death. Not too exciting for the world, but a blessed secret for the believer! Make your prayer the song we all sing: 

Brokenness, brokenness is what I long for. Brokenness is what I need. 
Brokenness is what You want from me.