Beautifully Broken, Wonderfully Whole – 11/18/14

Tonight our Bible study topic was on brokenness.

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I asked our group (and you as readers) the following question:

What do we do with something that is broken? 

Some answers we had tonight: if it’s a car, you take it to the mechanic. If it’s something that can be repaired, you take it to be fixed. 

So what about a broken plate? Toss it. 

Hmmm…so value determines our response to brokenness? So, what if that plate was a family heirloom? My bet is that you will be at the table most of the night with Krazy Glue, tearfully trying to piece it back together.

Why would we go to great lengths to save that plate? It has value

Why does God go to such great lengths to rescue us? We have value. He fights for us because He values us.

It is our society’s custom to toss away what is broken. People, like things are discarded. Ever been fired/demoted? broken up with? divorced? abandoned? abused? It hurts. When we are discarded, it hurts. We do not feel worth or value.

When we are broken by people/circumstances in this world it is painful and difficult but God can take all things and use them. In fact His Word says He takes all things and uses them for our good to His glory (Romans 8:28.)

Did you know that broken people have an incredibly important place in God’s heart?

  • Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and he rescues those who are crushed in spirit”
  • Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”

He sent His son to die on a cross, a death He didn’t deserve to redeem His broken people. There is no price too lofty to rescue His beloved. You are His beloved.

Some incredible stories about broken people:

The following quote is by Rick Warren. Author of the Purpose Driven Life, successful pastor and confidant of important political people – he is also the father of a son who committed suicide. He spoke these words:

“Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days – when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when the pain is great – and you turn to God alone.”

Wow.

Next we watched the story of Horatio Spafford – the writer of the old hymn “It Is Well” – please take 6 minutes to watch this incredible story unfold (thank you and you’re welcome)

(if you can’t click the above, then copy/paste this link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3lgJrLhb5Y)

What an incredible testimony! He could not have penned such words without having a true relationship with God. He clearly knew God’s character in such an intimate way, that He could trust in light of all he had endured.

What’s the point of brokenness?

I am convinced there are many things in this life we will never understand the meaning of. God’s ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts. However, I do believe there are times that God uses brokenness.

How does He use brokenness?

  • perhaps to break us of self-reliance – to bring us to the end of ourselves and the realization that He is all we have and was always all we needed
  • to mature us – to grow us in our walk with Him
  • to establish our ministry – we each have unique experiences that we can share with others that allows us to encourage others in ways only we could do – our past becomes our testimony and our ministry if we are willing

Isaiah 61:1-4 (TLB) is essentially saying that He comforts the brokenhearted, He gives beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, peace instead of heaviness. And it further says He has planted [us] like strong and graceful oaks for His glory!

2 Corinthians 4:14-16 (NLT) is essentially saying that the same God that raised Jesus from the dead is raising us too, that our sufferings are (can be) for our benefit (growth) – let’s be aware of His greatness in our lives and choose to bring Him glory! Never give up – He is our inner strength.

There is purpose in the brokenness. Somehow, somewhere there is purpose. We each have purpose, and our purpose is not summed up by our current circumstances – it does not define us – but it can mature us, draw us closer to God, and prepare us to encourage others.

Spend time in God’s Word. Get to know His voice. Spend time in prayer and remember to give Him an opportunity to speak to you. Ask God, what is He trying to do in you through your current circumstances. Are you facing something difficult? Do you feel broken? Read His promises, remind your soul that He is faithful, He is close, and He will restore.  Dwell upon the good. “Whatever is lovely” (Philippians 4:8.) And remember – this will pass. It’s overwhelming and oh so hard, but He’s still near. And this will pass.

Our ultimate purpose in this world is to bring Him glory. To know Him and to make Him known. Remind your soul, your body, your mind – It Is Well – He is in control. Spend time in His Word and in His presence. Allow Him to remind you He is near.

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Hope and peace in Christ,

Amy

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