‘Broken by God’—that’s a statement I’m hearing a lot lately. What does it mean to be broken by God?I’m not so sure that it’s something that Goddoesas much as it is aplacewe find ourselves in.
I think there are two primary places of brokenness. First,brokenness can be the result of sin. We’ve messed everything up and now, life is just broken. Second,brokenness can be the result of surrender. We’ve submitted ourselves to the purposes of God so much that we are experiencing pain; the pain of selflessness, submission, being misunderstood, etc.
It’s critical we don’t confuse the two.We need to stop saying, “God is breaking me,” when we’re really just breaking ourselves by repeating destructive, sinful behavior. And, if you’re experiencing brokenness as the result of surrender, lean into it; you’re going through a process of transformation.
Help. I’m broken and I can’t get up.I’m flat on my back. My sin is great.Lord, please forgive me and restore me.
Help. I’m broken and I can’t get up. I’m on my knees. My surrender is great.Lord, please give me the strength to stay the course.
What are your thoughts or experiences with this topic of brokenness?
In Joyce Meyer's new book, The Love Revolution, she writes that people may not be able to hear the message of God's love because of other distracting matters. To share the Gospel with a starving person may be nice but it doesn't fill an empty stomach. Talk is cheap and doesn't cost anything. Loving in word and deed will cost. How serious are we to see people not just hear about God's love but also experience it? Enough to pay the price?
I have challenged our church to do a summer read as a means to help maintain their spiritual fitness. The book is, The Principle of the Path" by Andy Stanley.
The point of this book is your direction will determine your destination. Regardless of your intention or purpose if you are going down the wrong road you won't get to where you need to be. Many people want a better life, better marriage, better health but the decisions they have made sent them in a direction that doesn't lead them there. Sad to say, many don't get it and wonder how did this happen? Simply put...your direction will determine your destination.
Stanley draws on the wisdom of Solomon to help clarify the message. It's a great read!