Is it possible for brokenness to be a good thing? Can we reach a perspective from which to see things differently? Would it be a false optimism or something more?
In part 1, we looked at how brokenness is valuable to God. He saw the brokenness of mankind and made a choice to send His own Son as payment for that brokenness. Click here to read: #1 BROKENNESS IS VALUABLE TO GOD!
Now on to number 2:
#2 BROKENNESS IS GOD’S GIFT TO YOU!
Wow! Who gives a gift that’s broken? God does that’s who. So how is brokenness God’s gift to me?
JESUS WAS BROKEN AS GOD’S GIFT TO ME
Jesus at the Last Supper, symbolizing His own death, offered His disciples the bread of communion.
1 Corinthians 11:24 (KJV 1900)
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (emphasis mine)
BROKEN FOR YOU! Jesus was voluntarily broken for you and me. Brokenness can be, and is, a gift.
MY BROKENNESS BECOMES GOD’S OPPORTUNITY
2 Corinthians 12:9–10 (KJV 1900)
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Read those verses again, slowly. The Apostle Paul asked God three times to deliver him from this “thorn in the flesh.” God’s answer? This brokenness has a purpose! God gives two promises through Paul’s brokenness:
HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THE NEED
HIS STRENGTH WILL BE DISPLAYED IN WEAKNESS
So Paul resolves himself to realize the gift of brokenness. “Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities…” I do realize this is easier said than done, yet it is possible. Somehow:
“…all things to work together for good…”
Romans 8:28 KJV
So what about you? Have you experienced certain broken things in your life that have turned out to be a blessing? Are you having a hard time making sense of a current situation? I’d love to hear your insights and input! Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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