Written by: Emily Vaas
Morning and evening meditation
Read: “Behold, I am making all things new.” Rev. 21:5
“He has made everything beautiful in its time." Ecc. 3:11
Pray: Stop and be still for a moment. Ask the Lord to bring to your mind areas where you have been broken, hurt or wounded. These areas are most likely areas that you don’t need to look back too far to remember or recall. They may even be very present in your life at this very moment. Many of the memories are probably not places you want your mind to go, but they are necessary for healing.
Read: Psalms 31:14-24
When we hear the word “broken,” we typically disassociate its meaning with happy thoughts, future dreams, or comfortable life experiences. Being broken is not often on our “to do” list. It's often painful and wearisome. We are joined by a large list of famous men, like David, Saul (later Paul), and even Abraham. These men had to go through a period of brokenness to be used by God. In the New Testament, the word “broken” is often associated with the broken body of Christ. Yes, even Christ was not exempt from brokenness.
So what is brokenness? What is its purpose? If Christ was not exempt from it, why do we believe we are? Brokenness led David to deep repentance and a reputation as a man after God’s own heart. He faced the death of his son, which brought him to a place where God could grow a king. God didn’t force David to be used by him, David had to become nothing so that the Lord could raise him as a vessel for His purposes. Brokenness led Saul down the road to Damascus, on his way to arrest disciples of the Lord. As Saul, he acted out of hatred against the followers of God, and with the authority of chief priests. But the Lord had a different plan. In Acts 9:15 the Lord tells Ananias that Saul, “is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.” However, for Saul to be used, he had to be become blind and rely on Ananias, one of the very disciples that he hated. He was broken before God, and this brokenness allowed him to become an essential tool to spread the gospel. Lastly, brokenness led Abraham to be the father of many nations. Abraham was broken as he raised the blade in obedience to the Lord. Before his eyes flashed the loss of the promise of God, his future, his son. Only then could God build a nation from a man who was reduced only to his faith in the Lord and the emptying of his will.
The purpose of brokenness, then, is to rid ourselves of any identity, will, agenda, or purpose that is not fully immersed in the Lord. Brokenness; however, is only for a season. Healing comes with the relinquishment of anything that is not fully surrendered to the Lord. In this relinquishment comes a healing unlike anything we could have manifested in our human will.
In your times of brokenness, what has God strengthened? Is it your faith? Your devotional time? Your love for your spouse? Your love for your family, friends, or parents?
Thank the Lord for His guidance in your life. Thank Him for brokenness that leads to a better understanding of who you are in Him. Thank Him for taking away anything from your life that is not rooted in Him.
Write down areas where you have felt broken--broken as a result of others, or as a result of your own choices. What has the Lord showed you during these times to strengthen your relationship with Him? Where has He made you more whole? Use these as a reminder that brokenness leads to vessels that can be built back up in the Lord.