The past two weeks I have written about brokenness—what it means and how it should look in our lives. Today I want to explain the beauty of revival that comes as a result of our brokenness.
Before we can be ready to pray for revival, we must first meet the Lord with a broken and contrite heart. Isaiah 57:15 says; “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Once we make the choice to humble ourselves before the Lord and submit to His sovereign will, we open our hearts and minds to be used as servants for His ultimate glory.
The idea that brokenness is a choice is essential to understand. As I mentioned previously, I used to associate brokenness with being a result of my circumstances. I now realize that it is a heart change, a way of life. It is a day by day, moment by moment choice to be humble—to acknowledge my weaknesses and look to the Lord for my strength.
Throughout the Bible we see again and again that God is near to those who are broken. In chapter sixty-six of Isaiah, we read; “All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” What an overwhelmingly beautiful truth to comprehend!
Before we can expect to see revival in our churches, our homes, and our workplaces, we must first experience personal restoration. When we feel spiritually depleted and want to experience a renewed sense of God’s presence—when we have a desire to know the incomparable joy of revival—we need to open our hearts and ask Him to meet us in our brokenness. He is faithful to do so!
Once we consciously make the choice to live a life of brokenness, we will then be able to experience the richness of personal revival. As a result, we will be able to serve others and share the joy graciously given to us by our Creator!
My prayer for whoever is reading this is that you will examine your own heart for areas of pride and ask the Lord to reveal anything that you may currently be blind to. I also pray that you will have a humble heart to receive whatever the Lord may show you and respond with an attitude of brokenness. I can tell you from personal experience that the joy and peace you will receive as a result will change your life.
Psalm 25:9 “The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.”