Rend your heart and not your garments. Joel 2:13
It was an old custom that if you found out something horrible, you would allow your emotions, overwhelming as they were, to overcome you to the point of ripping your clothing. Others, convinced that simply copying this act of piety and outward conviction, attempted to show off just how deeply they cared, how sincerely they felt, how heartfelt was their devotion.
God was not fooled by these wannabe’s. He’s not fooled today. It is not in mere mock contrition that our lives mean something to God. He doesn’t fix fake problems. But to you with broken hearts comes the gentle Savior with words of comfort. “What is hurting you? I wish to take it from you,” says Jesus. Pretend predicaments are not worth solving. Made-up drama designed to keep everyone’s eyes on you is about as worthless as a shredded shirt. Jesus seeks you out, broken heart and all, and goes to work putting the pieces back together.
Lord Jesus, heal my broken heart with your love. Amen.