Roman 12:1-2

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1-2

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Why is brokenness necessary?

I am at the end of the chapter in Evans's book.  Her conclusion answers this question.  She says that brokenness is the precursor to revival.  God takes us down to build us back up.  I've known this for awhile.  I've even said, in the past few months, as I deal with painful health issues, that I am closer to God through this trial than I ever was before.    Trials are only one of those things the book of James mentions as requiring perseverance; temptations are the other ones.  God uses whatever it takes to draw us nearer to Himself.

J.I. Packer writes in Knowing God: How does God in grace prosecute His purpose?  Not by shielding us from assault by the world, the flesh, and the Devil, nor by protecting us from burdensome and frustrating circumstances, nor yet by shielding us from troubles created by our own temperament and psychology; but rather by exposing us to all these things, so as to overwhelm us with a sense of our own inadequacy, and to drive us to cling to Him more closely."

I like the line Evans writes towards the end of the chapter: "He is not just out to make us whole -- He is out to make us holy."

And that is the answer to the question.

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