Thursday, April 24, 2014

Brokenness part 1

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart.” Psalm 51:17

When my children were little they used to bring me their broken toys, those that I could repair usually ended up being thrown away, because that’s what you do with broken things. But God does not throw away broken things, He wants to use them. The late Vance Havner once said, “God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”

Think of all the times in Scripture that God broke things in order to bless others. It was not until Jacob’s natural strength was broken, when his hip was wrenched in that wrestling match, that he came to the point where God could bless him in a powerful way. It was not until Gideon’s 300 soldiers broke the jars that were in their hands which symbolized brokenness in their lives, that the hidden light of the torches were able to shine and defeat the enemy. It was only after the poor widow broke the seal on her only remaining jar of oil and began to pour it that God miraculously multiplied it to pay her debts and meet her needs.

It was only when Mary broke her beautiful alabaster jar of perfume, destroying its usefulness and value that the wonderful fragrance filled the house and Jesus was honored. In fact, it was only when Jesus took the five loaves and broke them that the bread was multiplied to feed the 5,000. Through the very process of the loaves being broken, the miracle occurred. Something miraculous happens “in” the brokenness, which is why the Bread of Life, Lord Jesus allowed His body to be broken for us. Keeping in mind that not a bone in His body was broken (John 19:36, Ps. 34:20). But when He instituted the Lord’ Supper He took bread and said, “Take eat, this is my body which is broken for you” (1 Cor. 11:24).

Speaking of His death the Lord Jesus spoke of Himself as a grain of wheat which is buried and broken in the earth, it is only then that its inner heart sprouts and produces hundreds of other seeds and kernels (Jn. 12:24). The Lord goes on to describe that we too must be broken in a similar way if we are to be true followers of Christ! 

God uses broken things. He is able to use us the most when we are pliable in His hands, allowing the master potter to remold and reshape the vessel as seems good to Him (Jer. 18:4). 

Are we able to say with Thomas Toke who wrote:

“Oh break my heart; break it, victorious God. That life’s eternal well may flow abroad.
Oh break my heart; but break it as a field, Is plowed and broken for the harvest yield.”

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