I received an amazing book for Christmas, You are Free, by Rebekah Lyons. This book is about her journey to freedom. After reading a few chapters, I began praying about my own freedom and God gave me a vision. I was at Lake Lanier at the huge rock everyone jumps off of. I jumped off the rock and into the lake but came out of the water with broken legs. After praying through this vision, the Lord revealed that the Lake = peace and my broken legs = surrender. The verse the Lord gave me was Psalm 147:10 “His delight is not in the legs of the warrior.”
The Lord spoke loudly that if I was to enter his peace, my legs would have to be broken. Ugh, broken legs hurt, so does surrender. Surrendering my thought life, my goals, my plans, my striving, my performance, my need to be right, my need to know the plan…surrender everything. He told me earlier this would be a year of rest. Who knew resting would require such effort? Peace is worth the effort though. Last year I had been praying for peace!
Back to broken legs, though. Doesn’t it seem that God’s economy operates completely opposite from the world? What good is a warrior with broken legs? (Did you know that if you are a Christ follower, then you are a warrior? Check out Eph. 6!) The legs of the warrior are strong and give support. The warrior can’t fight without his legs. Well, I think God wants his warriors broken. The Bible is full of examples of God’s children being broken before receiving His peace. The Israelites were tired, hungry, and humbled before entering their promised land. Saul was blinded before receiving his ministry as Paul. Peter denied Christ before he was named a Rock on which the church would stand. Our most mighty Warrior became broken bread for His children, which allowed us to enter His eternal peace.
Psalm 51:8 and 17 say “Let these bones which you have broken rejoice…The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. Look with favor on Zion and help her rebuild.”
In God’s economy, brokenness always brings new life.
Psalm 148:14 says “He has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones.”
What a good word, friends! He doesn’t desire our strength, but in Him, he makes us strong!