Wednesday, March 17, 2010


It can be a good thing.

Psalms 34:18-22 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. 19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.

20 For the LORD protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! 21 Calamity will surely overtake the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished. 22 But the LORD will redeem those who serve Him. No one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.

Mark 14:32-34 They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, "Sit here while I go and pray." 33 He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He became deeply troubled and distressed. 34 He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me."

It is human nature to not like broken, broken to us means useless, broken usually means "headed to the garbage can." We don't like our stuff to be broken, we don't want our heart broken and we definitely don't like for our body to be broken.

But there is something about broken that God likes. He chooses to use a lot of broken things, sometimes he is the one that does the breaking, it is just like God to see things from a complete opposite perspective as we do.

Jesus was broken, he was "crushed with grief," his heart was broken, he had the power, he could have dodged being broken he wasn't forced and yet he actually chose broken for our benefit.

1Pe 2:24  He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.

Broken is almost never the choice that we would make but sometimes we don't get to decide, sometimes God plan is to decide that broken is what we are going to do. Sometimes he breaks our will or our attitude, sometimes it is our pride that he breaks.

But from all that breaking comes nothing but good. Jesus was broken for our good, our will, our attitude and our pride are broken for our good and yet we fight against being broken. Could it be that we need to be just as broken and just as willing to do God's will and be broken as Jesus was? Should our response to broken be the same as his?

Jesus response was prayer, a simple humble prayer that told God how he felt and yet he didn't take control of the situation, he simply told his father "My Father! I want Your will to be done, not Mine." (Matthew 26:39)

Help me Lord to allow your will to rule in my life, sometimes you break us down and I pray that I have learned everything that I needed to learn from the broken times in life.

Psalms 51:17 The sacrifice You desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.