Topic: Blessed to Be Broken
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
Brokenness is not a topic we like. It makes us feel powerless when our sources of protection fail. However, when that happens, we also receive a gift—the true understanding of ourselves and, better still, of the God who loves us.
Proverbs 18:24 says, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” And in Hebrews we hear God say, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever abandon you” (Prov. 13:5). Rather than leave, God abides. The Greek word menó is often translated as “abide,” but it can also be rendered “remain” or “stay”—and that is what God does. Others may walk out. We may even give up on ourselves, but He remains, waiting patiently alongside us. Always.
Perhaps that’s why Henry Francis Lyte’s hymn “Abide With Me” still resonates. The first stanza reads, “When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.” Whether you’re broken or in the process of healing, make these words your prayer today.
Think about it
• Find a copy of “Abide With Me” and place it where you’ll be able to meditate daily on its biblical truths. Which stanzas resonate most with you? Why?
Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 1-3
In Touch Daily Devotional 8 August 2021 Message. Dr. Charles F. Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.