Daily Devotional
Are You Able to See Brokenness?

“I cry out to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.”

Psalm 142:1-2


Ponder This

Someone once said you can’t purify water by painting the pump. And yet that’s what we try to do. We think that somehow if we can change the exterior, if we can make conditions such that we never have any hurts or pains, then we’ll be just right. But Jesus focused on what you are, not on what you have.

He didn’t say blessed are those who have popularity, those who have position, those who have personality, those who have possessions, or those who have power. I can show you people who have all of these things and are perfectly, exquisitely, miserable. Jesus didn’t say blessed are those who have certain things, but blessed are those who are certain things, including those who mourn.

Many church services are filled with cheerleader enthusiasm. I’m not speaking against joy. The Bible says there’s a time to laugh and a time to weep (see Ecclesiastes 3:4). There is a time to be on our faces before God. When we recognize our brokenness, when we see the brokenness in the world, we can and should fall before Him and mourn. Mourners have the sensitivity to feel; their hearts are touched. They rightly see the brokenness in the world and in themselves.

  • When have you mourned before God?
  • How do you typically respond to a moment of hurt or mourning?

Practice This

Talk to a friend about areas of struggle. Seek to walk with one another as you lift your troubles to God.

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