Must we be broken before we cry out?

Dear Readers,

This mornings Scripture is from Psalm 107.

Often we speak of the Israelites in the Bible as stiff-necked and stubborn. I am not so different from the Israelites. I am just as stubborn, set in my ways, without much tolerance to veering outside of my lane, and flat out stubborn as a mule. Just ask my Sweet Man.

“He broke their spirits with hard labor, they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; and he saved them from their distress.” Psalms 107:12&13 

I can relate to being broken before the cry, can you? When life is without storms, I happily skip along, placing God on the back burner. It’s not until I stumble before realizing my need.

Sound familiar?

It is when I find myself in the midst of a storm, broken shards scattered at my feet, I cry out for God. Stumbling, reaching for the hand reaching for me.

Shouldn’t I be crying out in the good as well? Crying out praise and worship?

Praising and worshiping in the good and the bad? Why am I so arrogant as to wait until I’m broken before I cry out to Him?

We are prideful people who control and manipulate our way out of needing God. Living from a place of self-reliance. We cover our weaknesses, put masks on our faces, tweet the good stuff, tweak the filters, and stage the pictures.

Need is a weakness we cover.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made strong in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9(CSB) 

We were created to need. Created to need a loving God who is waiting on us to cry out to Him. We are not meant to do life without Him. Nor do I want to.

And I do not want it. I want God. I want God in the good, the hard, and the broken. I want His strength and grace in my weakness.

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