To break – To separate or cause to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain.
Brokenness: It can mean a lot of things. It may imply messiness and imperfection. It may mean heartbreak which is what will come to any human man. It may mean physical weakness. For some, it’s motivation to stay “true to themselves” in their flawed humanity and not attempt to appear all put together in an excellent package. There’s a lot we could talk about in regard to the meaning of brokenness. But I will like us to talk specifically about brokenness before the Lord if we indeed want his will to be done.
Brokenness, in God’s eyes, is to be broken, crushed and torn in spirit over sin.
We see the beauty of brokenness in 2 Samuel 12 and Psalm 51.
The story of David in these bible verses further supports my claim. After Nathan’s confrontation (2 Sam 12), David came to a point of confession and acceptance of his wrongdoing and cried for mercy because he knew that he had no hope outside of God (51:1-2). We also see a man whose greatest desire at this moment is just to be clean again, to have his ugliness erased, and be pure, forgiven, and restored to his precious friendship with the Lord.
David knew something we must all understand: God does not want sadness and sorrow over the consequences and pain our sin brings to us. What he wants is spiritual brokenness, the kind of brokenness He can use. He wants godly sorrow that leads to repentance (2 Cor. 7:10).
What does it mean to be broken spiritually?
Being broken is a gift because when we are broken, we recognize the need for a Savior to make us whole. Our brokenness connects us to each other and brings us to Christ. It is by bringing our broken hearts to Him that we are made whole. Sharing our brokenness brings meaning to our experiences, and the connection we make with others when we share our stories brings healing.
What does God say about being broken?
“(Psalm 34:18) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Interesting! This simply means that even though you may feel defeated, God is closer than you realize. He is always with you and can heal your heart.
The Good News in all this is that despite all the adversity that we face, we can find peace in knowing that everything we go through is meant to glorify the goodness of God.
Now, one thing we must understand is that God uses our brokenness to mold us into better versions of ourselves but how does he do this?
Vance Havner once said, “God uses broken things, broken soul to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength, and broken people to do great things”.
The quote above explains the concept of brokenness and what happens afterward if you direct it to the right channel. We have all been broken in some way, no matter what your path is, no matter where you came from, no matter where you started, no matter where you finished, no matter how rich you are, how poor you are, everyone at some level has been broken.
As human beings, brokenness binds us together. It’s the one thing that we all have in common. When we have faced that adversity and we have grown from it, is a story that we can tell other people. It’s something we have that’s part of us that we can share, and we can help other people with.
Conclusively, the reason brokenness is beautiful is because of how God can use it in our lives. It is something that can draw us near Him. Brokenness can make room for a contrite heart and repentance to bring us back into fellowship with Him when we have miserably failed. True brokenness is a tool by which God brings His wandering sheep back into His loving arms.
So profess it loud and clear! Lord, please break me.