Lately I’ve been thinking more on the subject of being broken. Too often I have seen this as a bad thing, but again and again God is convincing me that this is a good thing. Brokenness—if we let it—will help us to grow into a deeper relationship with the Lord.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss writes in her book, Brokenness; The Heart God Revives that “True brokenness is an ongoing constant way of life. Brokenness is the shattering of my self-will, and the absolute surrender of my will to the will of God” (page 53).
I’ve discovered that being in a state of brokenness is a humbling. It’s my opportunity to let go of pride and embrace God’s will and way more fully.
I’ve been amazed by the number of songs there are in which I hear the word “broken.” Other songs center on the subject of brokenness.
There are three songs which have spoken to me in these past few weeks. I am embracing with my whole heart the truths that are in these songs.
I want to move away from the delusion that I know it all, can fix it all, or that I have arrived in any way in my spiritual life. Everything I have—including any victory or progress in my spiritual life–is because of the Lord.
Here are the words God spoke to me recently on the subject of brokenness:
ELAINE, I AM WITH YOU. I AM GROWING YOU. I KNOW THAT IS YOUR HEART’S DESIRE. BROKENNESS IS INDEED A BLESSING. CELEBRATE WHEN I BRING YOU TO THAT PLACE. IT IS A PLACE OF DRAWING CLOSER TO ME. IT IS A PLACE OF BEING FILLED (AFTER YOU ARE EMPTIED), OF DISCOVERING MY PERFECT WILL (AFTER YOU’VE LET GO OF YOUR WILL), AND BEING STILL (AFTER YOU HAVE LET ME CALM YOU WITH MY MERCY AND MY LOVE.) IT IS A PLACE TO BE THRILLED AS YOU SEE ME AS I AM AND SEE YOURSELF AS I SEE YOU. AS THAT SONG SAYS, SO OTHERS WILL SEE AND YOU WILL KNOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN “BROKEN INTO BEAUTIFUL.”
Here is the verse God gave me this week to go along with the truths about being broken:
For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite (Isaiah 57:15 NIV)
Here is how the Amplified Bible elaborates on this verse:
For thus says the high and lofty One—He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin]. (Isaiah 57:15)
One aspect of brokenness is bringing me down from thinking I am the high and lofty one and to admitting once again that I am a sinner in need of God’s grace every moment of the day—just like everyone else. This happens at the moment of salvation, but we need to be brought back to that place of truth repeatedly during our walk with the Lord.
Today is my 39th wedding anniversary. I’ve experienced many times of brokenness in our marriage, but God truly has brought beauty out of brokenness. He can do it in any area of our lives as we submit to Him. In fact, He delights to do so.
Lord, give me the grace to be filled. Help me to embrace Your will. Let me be still. And free me to be thrilled at all You are revealing to me about You and about myself. Thank You for the gift of brokenness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Here are the links to those three songs about brokenness:
Sidewalk Prophets—“Keep Making Me” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6p7sDtVoZ4
Ellie Holcomb—“The Broken Beautiful” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J62qayrMcHw
Karen Peck and New River–“Broken Into Beautiful” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqQotayNafw