All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. Psalm 25:10
There are two ways you can respond to brokenness: with a desire to do God’s will and endure a time of testing, or with rebellion against God’s surgical hand in your life.
The first is a gateway to blessing. The second leads to what many call “being placed on the shelf by God.” When we refuse to allow the Lord to have the whole of our lives, we deny Him access to our hearts, wills, and emotions. In essence, we fold our arms and proclaim we know more about who we are and what we need than He does.
Even in brokenness, God will bring a sense of resurrection hope. Though we struggle and hurt, it is only for a season; then comes the blessing. Amy Carmichael explains,
“All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness.” (Psalm 25:10) All does not mean “all but these paths we are in now” or “nearly all, but perhaps not just this specially difficult painful one.”
All must mean all. So your path with its unexplained sorrow, and mine with its unexplained sharp flints and briers, and both with their unexplained perplexity of guidance, their sheer mystery, are just lovingkindness, nothing less. I am resting my heart on that word. It bears one up on eagle’s wings; it gives courage and song and sweetness too, that sweetness of spirit which it is death to lose even for only half an hour.
Dear Lord, help me to rest my heart upon Your Word. Let it bear me up on eagle’s wings and give me courage and sweetness of spirit.