In this season of knowing God better and taking time to develop the discipline of being in His presence, one key word that keeps appearing is the word brokenness.
What does it mean to be broken?
In this post I am talking about the change of the human soul, brought on by conviction of the Holy Spirit.
We find ourselves responding in humility and complete repentance. We are left without excuse or reason not to surrender all we are to God. The walls of sin protecting the parts of our heart we refuse to surrender are torn apart and destroyed. Our acceptance of God’s complete authority over our life is made complete in the process of being broken.
For me the result of brokenness before God is so beautifully portrayed in Psalm 73:23-28 ESV.
23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.
During my times of meditation on brokenness, I identified with the writer as I considered not my circumstances around me, but the destiny before me. This helped me achieve a new perspective. It was as I humbled myself afresh before God that I regained my spiritual balance that I discovered important values in being broken to become complete.
Brokenness keeps me humble. Humility is highly honoured by God and is an attractive quality to others. Broken people have been humbled.
Brokenness teaches valuable life principles. Honestly, I learn more from the hard times in my life than from the good. Again, these are not lessons I seek on my own, but experience – even and perhaps especially the hard experiences of life.
Brokenness brings repentance. I often forget how much I need forgiveness. Brokenness, especially when caused by my own actions, reminds me I am hopeless apart from His grace.
Brokenness encourages a fresh start. Starting over is not always as bad as it seems. For me it has been a time of blessing that I may not have sought on my own, but looking back I am so glad it came.
Brokenness invites God’s grace. Brokenness brings me to my knees. As sin increases, grace increases all the more. I long more for God’s favour and His protection.
Brokenness draws me nearer to God. Like the Psalmist (who went to the sanctuary) I need that secret place where I can be alone with God. In these precious moments I welcome the heart of God.
Brokenness is a call to tell others. When I have been near to God, I want to tell others of the works and wonders of my precious Lord with the desire to draw others to Him.
There is value in brokenness.