In my previous post I discussed what it means to be broken. Brokenness is the abandoning of one’s own will and submitting to God. For this to be possible, you must first let go of pride and humble yourself before the Lord, as well as those around you.
Charles Spurgeon said; “He that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud, and lift up the lowly.” This truth is found throughout God’s word. In James chapter four we read; “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” When we realize how weak we actually are and become aware of the fact that without God we can do nothing, we begin to understand the infinite power and wisdom of our Creator.
It is vital that we recognize our strength comes from Him, not from any ability we have ourselves. The idea that we can do anything apart from His enabling grace is frighteningly prideful. It is by Him, through Him, and for Him that we can do anything. The purpose of our existence is to bring glory to God. If we are focused on ourselves and the things that we accomplish, we are missing the point.
The Bible makes it clear that God opposes the proud and shows favor to those who are humble (James 4:6). Brokenness is so important, that we are told God may withdraw His presence from us if we live a life rooted in pride. Psalm 138:6 tells us; “Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar.” I have personally experienced times where I felt like He was far from me, later to realize that I had pushed Him away, acting as though I did not have to rely on Him. I find it funny that it is in situations where I feel confident in my ability to handle things myself; I realize just how much I actually need Him!
When we recognize that we have been created by God, for God—that the whole reason for our existence is to bring Him glory—we gain a deeper understanding of our true purpose. Once we concentrate on this truth, it becomes easier to live a life of brokenness. It is hard to be prideful when you realize your life isn’t about you, but rather about praising the One who made you.
“Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4