Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, March 24th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 3)
The Broken Mirror
The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 (NASB)
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 (NASB)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,

Because He has anointed Me

To preach The Gospel to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted...
Luke 4:18 (NKJV)
The Bible says broken hearts aren't fatal. Notably, they are invitational: summoning the Heart Surgeon to your side. Because healing brokenhearted people is the very reason He came to earth.

At 51, I was such a person. I was broken beyond human repair. Although I didn't know it at the time, my cracked life put me in good company: behind stars like Job, David and Mary.* They came to understand devastation, but even more, the Hope that sustained them.

If broken hearts are like broken mirrors, if shattered glass is irreparable, then the answer is a lovely transplant: a completely new window to the soul. Installation starts from the inside out, from the heart to the eyes and beyond them, and just one Physician is qualified.

Actors, models and talent for Christ, every believer will be refined: pruned, fired, sifted, sorted or chiseled... of dead branches and impurities.** But some of us require surgery, often following a ship-wrecked life. Praise God for His perfect procedures: helping each of us just as we need.

If your own self-examination uncovers pointed fragments of glass (or perhaps sharpened shards from your past), then ask The Healer to restore you to unbroken spiritual health. Because in the mirror of the Lord, you are flawlessly magnificent.

Even more, stepping on broken glass can thwart your movement into media. Let God mend you and sweep it away, so you can move forward on His path.

To Be Continued...

* 'My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, the grave is ready for me' (Job 17:1).

* 'The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise' (Psalm 51:17). Psalm 51 was written by David after he sinned with Bathsheba:

* Simeon speaks to young Mary about her Son, Jesus:

** 'For You, O God, have tested us;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
You brought us into the net;
You laid affliction on our backs.
You have caused men to ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water;
But You brought us out to rich fulfillment' (Psalm 66:10-12).

** For those whom the Lord loves he disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives' (Hebrews 12:6).

** 'Every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit' (John 15:2).

** And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.. Mat 21:44 NASB

** 'But whilst there is life, the means of grace continue, the kingdom of God is not taken away; there is hope that such may be recovered from their impenitence and unbelief: 'but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.' Just as if a millstone, or any stone of such like weight and bulk, was to fall upon an earthen vessel; or, as the stone cut out of the mountain without hands, by which the Messiah and his kingdom, are designed, brake in pieces the image in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, so that it became like the chaff of the summer threshing floor' (Gill's Exposition on Matthew 21:44):

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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