Friday, November 23, 2012

Broken Things

Broken Things

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Broken homes, broken hearts, broken bodies, broken hopes and dreams, broken health, broken vows, broken lives–––do you hear the pain in these words? When we say something is broken we are suggesting there has been an accident, a calamity or grave disappointment. We must know that all these tragedies are known to God and that He brings from the broken fragments of our lives, something far better than we may see.  God knows all things from the beginning to the end and nothing surprises Him or is a calamity to Him. God has planned that every broken piece in the life of His own dear children will fit into the portrait of His eternal will.

Are you broken or being broken through financial loss, upon a bed of illness or through the loss of a loved one? God knows all about it, He would not permit it if He did not see that in the end, somewhere, it would serve a purpose for which you do not know. If you are being broken, God is working with you. We think broken things are a loss, but God turns them to His gain. In nature, broken things are cast aside, but in grace, God will never use a man until he is broken but will use the broken man for His glory.

Let’s think about Christ in 1 Corinthians 11:24  when He said, “This is my body, which is broken for you.” He left His home in glory to come to earth being fully God and fully man to be broken for us. He was despised and rejected, a friend of sinners, and went all the way to Calvary to die that we might live. Christ was broken, stripped, beaten, spit upon, bruised, mocked, and nailed to a cruel cross that we may not spend eternity in hell, suffering the pangs of the wrath of God, but that we might have eternal life in heaven with Him. This was no mere man but the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, sitting in power at the right hand throne of God who was broken for us. 

We, as Christians, need to examine ourselves in the light of God’s Word and know that the presence of broken things in our life does not necessarily mean broken without remedy with no hope of healing but broken before God as in Psalm 51:17, “a broken and a contrite heart, God, wilt not despise. Your brokenness may be the very thing that God will use in bringing about a  relationship of humility and a heart that recognizes the greatness of His grace which produces  tremendous blessing. The broken and contrite heart can be molded by God as He searches the core of your being and begins to mend or heal the pain of the broken things.

Thoughts: What’s broken in your life that you don’t think God even cares about? Has He not allowed everything in your life for His purpose and for His glory? Are you broken because of sin in your life or could it be because; this is the will of God concerning you? Take heart, dear Child of God, the Father makes no mistakes. He loves us more than we love Him and someday we shall understand what we cannot comprehend now. He is constantly working to make us who are His, ready for the day when we will praise and worship Him for all eternity. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (I Corinthians 13:12.) I am truly thankful for the “Broken Things” in my life that have caused me to examine myself that I might appreciate the inexhaustible love Christ has for me.

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