If you search the word “brokenness” in the dictionary you’ll produce varied definitions-“forcibly separated into two or more pieces; break apart or sever by divorce, separation, or desertion; having been violated; being in the state of disarray; disordered; weakened; crushed by grief; financially ruined; bankrupt; not functioning or out of order.” Can you personally relate to any of these definitions?
How enticing it is to believe that human beings need no improvement. Ask around, and you’ll hear many people confess they could probably use a little maintenance in a couple of problem areas. And, most will add the fact that they’re fundamentally good people. However, don’t be misguided into thinking the Great One will settle for meager, or “good enough” existence. God sees each believer as the individual they can become when fully rendered to Christ Jesus. He then begins a complete overhaul, transforming an individual into the image of His Son. Consider God as our architect or designer.
A principal step in the reshaping process requires us to eliminate excess or damaged “baggage.” What must be removed are the elements of self-will. Admittedly, a person “under construction” is uncomfortable. God targets habits, attitudes, and even relationships where people act separately from His plan for them. Then He uses pressure to get our attention. The Father focuses on interests that are close to our hearts in order to extract the question, “What more are You looking for me to submit to?”
If we adjust our thinking and living patterns to be aligned with God’s ways our lives will be completely changed. During this transformation, pain or discomfort may temporarily hide the beauty of His plan for us. But know that nothing is more pleasing to God than a committed follower. Submit to becoming a servant of the Almighty One.
Romans 8:29-32 reads, “For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him. And He gave them right standing with Himself, and He promised them His glory. What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?”
Strong messages come from two other bible verses. Job 35:9-10 states, “The oppressed cry out beneath the wrongs that are done to them. They groan beneath the power of the mighty. Yet they don’t ask, ‘Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night?” God comforts us during our darkest times.
Matthew 5:4 reads, “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Know that you can be renewed and transformed through the Great One but it takes humility in order for these experiences to take place. Human pride often blocks our dealing with painful problems. Once we finally admit our wrongdoings and failures, there can be a real solution for us. Humbling ourselves before God is the ultimate key that will allow us to experience the wonderful comfort that only the Almighty One can provide.
As we dedicate our existence to the Wonderful Counselor, He then organizes life events, even the painful ones, for our good. He transforms our flaws into opportunities for us to grow and be blessed.
Consider setting aside a few minutes of quiet time, daily, to think about these encouraging bible messages based upon verses taken from the best selling book of all time-the Holy Bible.