The Broken Heart
July 29, 2020
BY PASTOR BOB
The Broken Heart
Your Awakened Moment
By Pastor Bob
Do you ever wonder about God? Do you wonder what kind of "God" He is? I know you've heard that He is a God of wrath, a God who will have vengeance on those who offend Him, those who make Him mad, those who "sin" against Him. Some think He is "The Man Upstairs," someone with a long white beard who smokes cigars and watches us poor, wretched humans who are running around like chickens with their heads cut off, maybe someone who has no mercy. What if I were to say that He is exactly that: a God of mercy.
When we think of gods, the gods in stories, what do we usually think of? These "gods" are beings we have to appease, to please, to serve. How do we please or serve these gods? One way is to always obey them. These gods demand perfection, I mean absolute perfection. You always have to be on your best behavior, to do what these gods say to do. But how do we know what they want, how can we even hear them? Believe it or not, these gods had priests! These priests informed the people what he wanted. In fact, there was a god named Molech in the Bible that demanded absolute obedience, obedience to the point of actually sacrificing your first born son. What "he" demanded was that you throw your son into a sacrificial fire. You had to burn your son to death! What's worse is that You do it willingly! What kind of god would do this?
The God of the Bible, the God of all gods, the Lord of Lords, the Sovereign, the Provident God requires no sacrifices like our firstborn sons; no, what He desires is the sacrifice of a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart. King David found this out and wrote it in a song after he was found having committed adultery with a married woman, and after having her husband killed in battle. That's the sacrifice He wants, not a burnt offering or sacrificing your son. He wants our broken heart, a heart broken by the knowledge of our sin, our frailty before Him. THAT'S what He wants! Nothing else.
If we come to Him with anything else other than sorrow for our sin, He won't even regard or hear it. If, however, we come to Him with sorrow for our sin, our pride, our "own devices," that's when He hears us. Then, and only then,will He forgive. That's when He has mercy, that's when He shows mercy. If you, knowing you need mercy and not justice, come to Him and ask for it, He will show it and forgive. If you have a contrite spirit He will hear and come to you. If you don't, you're on your own.
Do you need forgiveness? Do you need mercy? Then come to the God of all mercy and He will take you and make you His, FOREVER! No questions asked!