Reading: Job 13-17
“Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not.”
The tone of melancholy echoed as Job wrestled with God and exchanged arguments with his friends. His lament bewailed the brevity of life, the surety of death and a deep sigh of hope’s absence. So today, we contemplate: “Could something good still come out of a situation such as this?”
Ken Gire wrote, “When the Father begins crafting character, a crushing must first take place. Not because He’s a temperamental artist who’s angry with His work, but because the raw materials for His art come from a broken heart.” I believe that a state called “brokenness” comprise a huge bulk in our lifetime. The mere concept of it brings an awkward chill to our spines. We are afraid of being broken, so we often evade it. However, we must understand that brokenness is a necessary journey. We cannot escape its reality, but we can choose to embrace a fresh, biblical perspective.
When King David repented of the sin he committed with Bathsheba, he expressed in Psalm 51:16-17 that, “[God] will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; [God] will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” The young king recognized that what God longs for is a deep character more than just great accomplishment. But how is godly character formed? Since this is not innate among us, we should all go through the painful, necessary journey of brokenness.
I believe that every person who is reading this now could testify to the truth that we live flawed, broken lives. It hurts, but I urge you to not quit. I pray that you’d keep your head up, endure and in God’s appointed time, may our melancholy turn into doxology!