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Brokenness

broken-pot-628x250I thought that it was important to share on the concept of brokenness.  The Biblical concept of brokenness is something all Christians will experience.  Whether is due to situations in our lives, an unfulfilled expectation, a death, the end of a relationship, maybe an unanswered prayer.  No matter the cause, God uses brokenness to allow us to understand suffering and to change us.  No one volunteers for this but all need it in order to grow.  Our culture has a mantra of “that which doesnot kill us makes us stronger.”  This is actually a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher.  But God is looking not to destroy life, but to bring life out of that which is broken.  In fact in Isaiah, He promises not to break the bruised, nor quench the dimly burning flame. . .He will encourage the fainthearted and those tempted to despair.  May you find strength despite brokenness.

 In my life, some of my times that I sense God’s presence the strongest is in time of pain and brokenness.  This was included in times that I lost a parent, even as an adult it was great pain.  I turned and drew close to God.  Through prayer, giving my emotions and finding comfort and encouragement in scripture.  When I turned to him, He responded.  God heals and stirs hope even in the most dismal situations.  Even your situation!

 David writes in Psalm 34:18 ESV, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”  No matter the disappointment or pain, God is near.  In fact, the announcement of his coming, Jesus was called, Immanuel – God with us.  He is with you even now.

 Why not take a minute and express your gratitude towards God that no matter what he is there.  Yes, right there with you now.

 Below is the lyrics from Create in Me a Pure Heart by Keith Green (also recorded by Donnie McClurkin – original lyrics):

 Create in me a clean heart, oh God

And renew a right spirit within me

Create in me a clean heart, oh God

And renew a right spirit within me

Cast me not away from Thy presence, oh Lord

Take not Thy holy spirit from me

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation

And renew a right spirit within me

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7 thoughts on “Brokenness

  1. I love those lyrics and the other verses, too, in Psalm 51 – beautiful!

    Posted by Mary Sayler | May 30, 2014, 12:47 pm
  2. Andrew,
    I enjoyed your post. I just finished launching a book entitled BROKEN. I too, feel that in pain I see him the clearest. I appreciated your post.

    Posted by annepeterson | May 30, 2014, 7:50 pm
  3. Very encouraging, ty & bless U! ❤

    Posted by Sha Burn | May 31, 2014, 4:19 pm
  4. Amen. Indeed God is always with us even when we think He has left us. He does not prevent us from passing through the fire and floods but holds our hands through them. One thing is for sure there are always positive outcomes in our lives in those experiences no matter what. Just release yourself wholly to God knowing that his hands are safe. Don’t blame every negative experience on the devil. some of them are allowed by God for your benefit.

    Posted by Livingstone | June 9, 2014, 2:28 am

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