Being Broken to the Point of No Return!

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.

Jeremiah 18:1-6

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 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.

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “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.

Psalm 34:17-18

“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.

Psalm 18:6

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!

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
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!

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10 thoughts on “Being Broken to the Point of No Return!

  1. Great post Gordon, one that I can identify with. Once you have reached a place of brokenness before God you are quick to agree with Him about your true condition and need of Him after that a humble and contrite heart remains.
    John 3:30-35 King James Version (KJV)
    30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
    31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

    God bless
    Maranatha!
    Christine

    • Thanks for your comment Christine!

      Even many believers in Jesus Christ don’t really see it until they have been broken unfortunately. That is not to say that they are not saved nor that they cannot do God’s will, but they cannot truly understand the depth of our relationship with God until they have been broken, and being completely broken brings us to an entirely new level with the Lord. It is at that time that we can see the true meaning of dying to ourselves and allowing Christ to live through us, to pick up our cross and follow Him, allowing Him to increase and us to decrease. Amen.

      God bless! Maranatha!

  2. Good article. Very nice.
    This world is not ours home. Can’t wait for the rapture and spend rest of our life in the Heaven.

    • Thanks for your comment Jim!

      The rapture is coming my friend, and I really can’t see it being too far away the way things are headed in this world! Pretty soon we will be dining together at the wedding supper of the Lamb! Amen.

      God bless! Maranatha!

  3. Wonderful piece Gordon. Speaks to the heart of the matter and lifts the spirit within.
    Reminds me of a quote I often say to myself, “If God brings you [me] to it, He will bring you [me] through it!”; by Timothy Pina. and Austin Sparks’ prayer, “That is the motive behind a good deal of our praying. “Lord, don’t let anything bad happen today, because it would spoil our life today!”

    But supposing the Lord would lift us into something altogether new through sorrow, are we then going to pray that prayer? No, our prayer must be: “Today, Lord, I want that which is of greatest account in relation to spiritual values and if that must be by way of trial and adversity, I do not pray to be delivered from it.” I say, “Lord, there is power to carry me through, and by prayer I come into touch with that power to carry me through the trials of every day in relation to the meaning of the trial.” That is heavenly praying. That is praying with your heart in heaven. “If ye be risen with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your affections upon the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth, for ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1-3). “Our citizenship is in heaven.” Now the life of the believer is to be, therefore, one with heavenly interests always in view, and our prayer life is in relation to those interests.”
    Maranatha!
    God bless you richly to the fullest of His abundance, always.
    In Christ we are united, Aida

    • Thanks for your comment SweetJava!

      Yes, it is through our trials that we become stronger in the Lord, more like Christ, and although we don’t like it we know that it is for our own good, for the good of those that love God Almighty!

      I don’t know what “Aida” means?

      God bless! Maranatha!

      • Amen!
        It’s my given name. I’ve been going by my nickname SweetJava for so long., kinda forgot my own. It means, ‘happy’ in Italian. Blessings always, Gordon.

      • Thanks Aida!

        I was thinking that perhaps it was some biblical term that I have not heard of such as “maranatha”, but then I thought that perhaps it was a name. Very nice! Gordon is my real given name, I never really liked it but it stuck! It’s a Scottish name meaning “spacious fort”.

        God bless! Maranatha! Gordon

      • 🙂 Interesting how our names have meanings of there own. Your own Scottish name is intriguing; a strong or fortified place broad in scope, range, inclusiveness.
        Mine is not a term per say in Scriptures but a name, a derivative from Ada trace to its Hebrew origin (O.T.), sometimes spelt Adah – עָדָה, meaning “adornment”. The name also has different meanings in different parts of the globe. When I was little kids used to tease me when a teacher would pronounce it correctly, it would sound like ‘I-eat-a’, so you could imagine how I too, disliked my name. My mom once said to me that In Scriptures’ the names of individuals has a strong meaning of their character. How true. And that has stayed with me to not care what kids say. Finding its meaning helped me along with having it be pronounce Ada. I since grown, but by now some still call me Ada or Ida, which is fine.
        So ‘spacious fort’, keep being strong and broad. Godspeed my friend. ~ ‘happy’

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