Psalm 51:16-17 (ESV)
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
What would you do if you found yourself locked out of your hotel room?
If you had a family member inside the room, they would come to your rescue by opening the door. But what if no one was in the room and your key card and wallet were safely tucked away on the night table?
Once the door shut it would be time to take action, and come up with some options:
1. You could try to bust the door open. After all, it was your room! Hadn't you paid for it?
2. You could complain to management: "What kind of hotel is this, anyway? Why do you program your doors to close on your clients when the key card is still in the room?
3. You could humble yourselves, locate some help, and ask politely for a new key card. Although it would be a bit embarrassing, it would be much easier on the nerves!
Or you could go to the lobby, and with a contrite heart, explain your situation. You would then obtain another key card, and would be all set. However, had you chosen any of the other mentioned options; you would likely have been locked out for a lot longer!
We are constantly faced with choices in life. The choices of the puffed-up know-it-alls are far from satisfying, and more often than not, they end up with a sore nose! Approaching situations, however, with a broken spirit and a broken, contrite heart, without putting ourselves on an elevated platform, will grant us solutions to even our worst nightmares!
Dear Lord, help us not jump to conclusion but instead put our trust completely in You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.