“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalms 34:18)
We associate brokenness as being fragile, insignificant, injured, worthless, and damaged. If something is broken, we want to return it and exchange it for one that isn’t damaged, or simply throw it out. When we think of ourselves as failures or disappointments, we feel worthless and of no value to anyone. But not all things that are broken should be tossed! Brokenness is the means by which God achieves some of His inmost work within our hearts. He uses the breaking process to change, reinforce, and bless us. The point of our brokenness is to draw us nearer to God; He takes our brokenness and makes us valuable for Him.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
We are all guilty at some point of acting independently and doing things our way. When we are strong in skills or resources we are tempted to do things our way instead of Gods way. But when we are broken we stop long enough to listen. Just like Peter, who was a spontaneous, independent and rebellious disciple, we have to be broken and transformed in order for God to get our attention and allow Him to fill us with His power and make us effective for Him. God decides what we need in order to grow and develop.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Brokenness is the dying of our flesh (our pride, resistance, and self-will) through anguish, test and trials. It is our humble response to God and complete repentance; because when we are broken we are depending on less of us and more of Him! As the Lord works at breaking our independence on self, we are free to depend on Him as we engage in obedient action. It is a change of life style of agreeing with God and completely surrendering to Him, and when we experience this total submission we are not the same after going through it; because true brokenness begins a transformation in us.
“God indeed saves me; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and HE saves me.” Isaiah 12:2
Sometimes we need to allow to be broken, because if something is not changed in our lives we will not be what we should or could be! God’s intervention and direction is what strengthens our lives; He is the only one that can fix everything. He will push us to our limit and require our lives to be disciplined as we draw on His strength and push on to victory. It is never too late to find God’s healing for our brokenness!
Linking up this week on Spiritual Sunday, Unite, Winsome Wednesday, and A Sheltering Tree