What God Does with Brokenness

What God Does with Brokenness

I took my wife to the Cheesecake Factory for a nice romantic dinner. Well, at least I thought it was romantic. But, as usual, we had to wait a few minutes to be seated. As we sat down, the table next to us was getting up to leave. 

As the family slid out of the long booth, the last teenage boy to leave clipped a drink with his arm. It flew off the table, hit the ground, and shattered into a hundred pieces. The breaking of the glass was so thorough they had to divert traffic through the restaurant. 

As I looked at the glass, I thought, there is no way they are putting that back together. They didn’t even try. It wasn’t worth it. The staff immediately grabbed a broom, swept up the glass, and threw it in the trash. Now it’s gone forever, never to be used again.

For some, your life is like that cup. One moment you were on top, feeling as though you had meaning and purpose. Until one day, something happened that hit you so hard it shattered you—breaking you into a million pieces. 

And in that breaking, the enemy has been telling you lies. And sadly, you’ve believed him. He tells you that you’ll never be whole again, you’ll never stop hurting, and you’ll never be healed. 

Don’t believe the lies. Your life might seem like it’s in pieces right now but let me tell you what God will do if you give him your broken parts.

Here’s what God does with brokenness:

God comes in close and rescues.

Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” God’s not a server in a restaurant who is standing ready to sweep you up and throw you out. Instead, he’s closer than you think and getting prepared for the rescue.

God heals your brokenness.

Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” One of the wonders of God is that he takes broken people, heals them, and gives them purpose. That’s what he’s going to do in your life.

God shows his great strength. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” This doesn’t mean that God becomes stronger when we are weak and broken. It means that his strength is more clearly seen by using broken people. He’s really good at that. And he’s going to use you for his good purpose. 

God frees you from the prison of brokenness through Christ.

In a prophecy about Jesus, the prophet Isaiah said, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)

This verse was spoken for your benefit. God wanted you to know exactly what he wants to do in your life through Jesus. He wants to break you free from the prison of brokenness. And if you give him all your pieces, he will do just that. 

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