5 Reasons Your Brokenness Might Be Your Greatest Blessing! Part 5

How vulnerable are you? If you’re like most of us, you fight against it, but why? Well, probably because you hate the idea of being taken advantage of. Maybe you’ve been mistreated in the past and feel it necessary to keep a barrier in place. What if I told you that you must be vulnerable?

Bangkok 2013

My recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand. In the lobby of the beautiful Pathumwan Princess Hotel. She was transforming ordinary pieces of fruit into incredible art!

In the previous 4 articles we’ve covered some of the reasons brokenness is important. Let’s quickly recap: 5 REASONS YOUR BROKENNESS MIGHT BE YOUR GREATEST BLESSING:

#1 BROKENNESS IS VALUABLE TO GOD!

#2 BROKENNESS IS GOD’S GIFT!

#3 BROKENNESS IS GOD’S WAY OF MULTIPLYING!

#4 BROKENNESS POSITIONS US FOR PROMOTION

#5 BROKENNESS MAKES US VULNERABLE TO GOD

An Unexpected Blessing

I know you may be saying, “but isn’t vulnerability a bad thing?” To someone who has abused or betrayed you, yes, but not to God. He hasn’t mistreated you even if you are inclined to think so.

An Improved Design

We have our idea, or design, of what we  want for our lives, and then there’s a better way. The Creator’s way! In the book of Jeremiah chapter eighteen, we read of a potter’s house. And the clay the potter was working with was “marred”.

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”

Jeremiah 18:1–4 (KJV) emphasis mine

The clay wasn’t becoming what the potter had envisioned – so he began to work with it. The key to it all was the willingness (or vulnerability) of the clay. But what if the clay didn’t want to be broken or vulnerable?

Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay…”

Romans 9:20–21 (KJV)

2 Principles To Remember:

  • Brokenness allows the Creator to put us back together according to His perfect design!
  • Brokenness cultivates a new level of trust in The Lord’s provision, providence, & protection! With each new challenge God is presented with an opportunity to prove His great grace and love toward us!

 

Psalm 51:17 (KJV 1900)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:

A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Are you fighting against being vulnerable or broken today? What could you be missing out on by not allowing God to place you upon His potter’s wheel and “make you again”? Try being vulnerable before God and you just might find the greatest blessing of your life!

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  • Cheryl

    Right now I’m about as broken as I can be. I’ve gone back and read your whole series, there is a lot of wisdom in your words…just don’t see the good that can come out of this. I’m going to keep looking and praying.

  • Maria Jarman

    I used to think my brokenness made me unworthy of God’s love. Why would He listen to me with all my cracks and flaws? I have come to learn that in my brokenness, being vulnerable, I must depend on Him alone. That’s what He wants. Our complete surrender to His will! Only then are we pliable enough for Him to work on us, mending our broken pieces! Thoroughly enjoyed this Pastor!!

    • jkmckee

      Amen! And thanks so much!

  • SteveandCarla

    Well I have something profound to say… “Ugh”!! Ha! Seriously, it’s so hard to do this but I love that it takes the difficult personal change to become closer and depend on Him more. Thank you for sharing!

    • jkmckee

      It’s almost counterintuitive to what we’re accustomed to – but it’s God’s way! Thanks for commenting.

  • Betty

    Pastor Jeff I was broken by my husband and you are so right I have got closer to the Lord in the past year than I every thought was possible, he has brought me through the days I didn’t want to get out of bed or live. I’m so hungry for God and for God’s word and for what he has in store for me. If I can keep one female from marrying a man like my husband it will be worth going through the valley I am going through. Love the blog and Victory Assembly.

    • jkmckee

      Praise The Lord! He is Faithful!