The Beauty of Brokenness


The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:17

The beauty found in brokenness is said to be like an egg, you can’t use it unless it’s broken. During my faith walk, exercising the spiritual disciplines of my soul, searching for biblical truth, on a constant relentless pursuit of Holiness, I’ve come to acknowledge that all is meaningless unless one is broken before God. The everyday Christian agenda of Bible intake and prayer if not propelled by the arms of love and mercy, will crash and burn if you’re not saturated in brokenness. God breaks the spirit of man, the proud and arrogant, who claim to fathom every kind of high and lofty thing. To us, a broken thing is something that is useless or unusable and requires our attention in order to fix but maybe that is the problem. We are trying to fix ourselves and shape our image into a Pharaoh mentality.  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high” (Leviticus 26:13). God will resist the prideful person and instead enable grace to the humble of heart.

Remaining in a place of brokenness before God will shake our very bones (Jer.23:9) and revive the spirit of the lowly (Isa. 57:15) into a closer walk with Christ. How can God use such an individual who thinks of him or herself above reproach? A superiority complex that puts God into another category all by himself instead of embracing the spirit of brokenness. The man Job understood what this concept was when he said, “Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand, and in his disaster cry for help?” (Job. 30:24). Our everyday struggles shouldn’t be seen as a crisis but as a catapult towards the warm embrace of our loving Father. We need to get into a place where we can cry out for help and rely on Gods support in future endeavors, not forgetting that He pursues those who are in need and broken (Ps.109:16).

“Only those who have learned well to be earnestly dissatisfied with themselves, and to be confounded with shame at their wretchedness truly understand the Christian gospel.”

John Calvin

There is such a beauty that can be found when you’re broken before God. He will not despise such a person because you are created by His hand (Isa. 66:2). A humble and contrite spirit will sharpen our character and forge who we are as we learn to tremble at His Word. A fear that reverence the Holy of Holies as Moses when he encountered the presence of God. Our alabaster attitude needs to break as did the women with the jar (Mark 14:3) in order for the scent of salvation to take place within the heart of the believer. Jesus would be broken before the cross and likewise, as cross bearers, we will endure this beautification process from Glory to Glory. These tiresome bodies are temporary that house our sinful condition but have been redeemed by a blood bought bounty that’s paid in full. In the proper time God will exalt you (1 Pet.5:6), save you (Ps. 18:27) so that you by his poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9) beyond measure. A wealth that is not calculated in currency but can be conceived in Christ alone. O Lord my prayer is to remain in a place of brokenness before you and to never be puffed up with pride but always walking in humility that is linked with the favor of God.

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