God uses most for His glory those people and things which are most perfectly broken. We have to learn how to be broken along the line of faith more than on the line of personal contact. When God breaks a saint His purpose is to give the saint the power to take himself out of himself and be placed into a relationship with Him that he never was in. God wants us to get out of ourselves, away from our idols, away from everything that keeps us from being in right relationship with Him. This does not happen overnight it takes time.
The Old Testament is filled with many examples of God breaking men and women for the fulfillment of His purpose(s). Consider how God broke and then used Jacob, Moses and Gideon: It was the breaking down of Jacob’s natural strength at Peniel that got him where God could clothe him with spiritual power. It was breaking the surface of the rock at Horeb, by the stroke of Moses’ rod that let out the cool waters to thirsty people. It was
when the 300 elect soldiers under Gideon broke their pitchers, a type of breaking of themselves that the hidden lights shone forth to the bewilderment of their adversaries.
God has no respect of persons, ethnicity or gender, He breaks and use women as well:
It was when the poor widow broke the seal of the little pot of oil, and poured it forth in faith, that God multiplied it to pay her debts and supply means of support. It was when Esther risked her life and broke through the rigid etiquette of a heathen court, that she obtained favor to rescue her people from death. It was when Rahab helped the spies that she saved herself and her family. “By reason of breakings they purify themselves” (Job 41:25).
It was when Jesus took the five loaves and broke them, that the bread was multiplied in the very act of breaking, enough to feed five thousand. It was when Mary broke her beautiful alabaster box, rendering it useless, that the pent-up perfume filled the house. It was when Jesus allowed His precious body to be broken to pieces by thorns and nails and a spear that His inner life was poured out, like a crystal ocean, for thirsty sinners to drink and live.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). Those who are broken in wealth, and broken in self-will, and broken in their ambitions, and broken in their beautiful ideals, and broken in worldly
reputation, and broken in their affections, and broken often times in health; those who are despised and seem utterly forgotten and helpless the Holy Ghost seize upon and use for God’s glory and purposes. Are you willing to let God break you, to use you?
Unlike Humpty-Dumpty, when Christians have a great fall, it is not the king’s men that
we expect to put us back together, but the King himself makes us whole. It is a fact found in history, in biographies of great men and women and especially in spiritual life, God must have broken things. Depart not from following Him and the Lord will be with you and will prosper you wherever you go. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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