Daily Devotional Bible Verse
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
(Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV)
I had a spinal fusion surgery and an unexpected thing happened; I wasn’t simply fixed in my flesh, but God also sewed together a wound long lived in my spirit. You see, I broke a vertebrae without knowing it some years ago, and owing to the nature of this injury it lay undetected for six years. This experience has become a parable to me, and I hope it to be the same for others.
For six years then I was broken in a way that I could not possibly fix on my own, but didn’t even realize it. That is the state that all men and women live in at some stage in their lives. We are broken from sin, but often, we don’t even realize we need to be fixed. Moreover, if we are given the perspective to finally see our brokenness (like an x-ray allowed me to see mine), we must realize that it is irreparable. Unredeemed and without faith, we cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6). But even faith is a grace given us by the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3) and not something we can attain ourselves.
This realization that we are broken and unfixable can seem hopeless, and it is if you and I are our own gods. But it is glorious and wonderful if we aren’t left to be our own savior as I had struggled to be for so long! In this experience of pain and surgery the Holy Spirit began to teach me the most valuable lesson of my life: dependence.
In this brief series, I will share how dependence helps us better understand: the Gospel, God’s love, humility and victory.