Commentary By: Gordon King
Do you ever feel broken, I mean completely broken? Have you ever gotten to the point where it seems that all is lost, that you find yourself at the lowest of lows, that life has all come crashing down around you and there is no way out? I have and it doesn’t feel very good, in fact it feels horrible!
We often hear Christians preaching about being broken, but what do they really mean by that? I never really knew until it happened to me. Being broken is when we face something in our life that brings us down to our knees, it humbles us, it shows us that there is much more to life then just ourselves, being completely broken is coming to the point of utter exhaustion and depletion, it is being internally hurt and damaged by something or someone to the point that you can no longer function, it brings us to the point of not wanting to go on any longer, it changes our perspective on life, it shows us what is really important and what is not.
Being broken is one way that God uses to bring us closer to Him so that He can reshape our lives, reshape them according to His will not our own.
“The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!“
God brings us to the point of being completely broken in order to remove the broken pieces in our life, to remove the sin, to remove the things that keep us from being close to Him. He does it to reshape us as a potter at the wheel according to His will, to reshape us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.
It is when we are broken that God can really use us, it is at this time that we are humble before the Lord, when we have a broken heart and a contrite spirit, when we are open to accepting His will and not our own.
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”
These are the times that God uses us the most, these are the times when the good Lord speaks to us and we hear His voice most clearly.
When we come to the point of being broken then we can do one of two things, we can either retreat away from God, or we can humble ourselves down on our knees at the feet of God with all humility and repentance. I choose the latter of the two!
God searches the hearts of those who are loyal to Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.“
When we turn our lives over to God then He will use us according to His will, and when we are broken and humbly come before Him then He will use us even more!
I can only speak for myself, when I was completely broken I fell down on my face with all humility and repentance to the Lord, and the Lord heard my cries, just as it was written in the old testament book of Psalms.
“In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.“
If you are feeling lonely, sad, depressed, if you are feeling broken or completely broken down to the point of no return then do not despair, do not be discouraged, but instead fall down on your face before the Lord with a sincere and humble heart, call upon His name, repent of your sins, and ask the good Lord to help you!
“I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
2 Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.
3 The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”
5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
7 Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
8 For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before the Lord
In the land of the living.
10 I believed, therefore I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
11 I said in my haste,
“All men are liars.”
12 What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
13 I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.
16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant;
You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And will call upon the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people,
19 In the courts of the Lord’s house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!“
God bless my friends! Maranatha!