The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

It's been said that the human will is much like that of a wild horse, naturally stubborn, and insistent on its way. But when a horse is broken, it obeys the commands of the rider and is deemed valuable. As Christians, we have to be broken so we can be yielded vessels for God's use and glory. Through brokenness, we can learn obedience and be molded into the likeness of Christ. Anything that brings us to the end of ourselves--failure, heartache, suffering, sickness, sorrow, a financial crises--can cause brokenness. When we come to the end of our strength, abilities, and resources, then we can turn to God in full surrender.

Why is it so difficult to surrender to God? Our human inclination is to manage our own lives and do what we want to do. God never forces our will into submission but waits for us to yield willingly. When we surrender to God, the conflict of wills ends and our restless hearts find peace. When we let go and let God have control, He can work through us and make something beautiful out of our lives.

Heavenly Father, take our self-will and transform us into yielded vessels for Your use. Bring us to a surrendered life in Christ so we can serve you effectively and fulfill your purposes. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.