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?
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:
#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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