Updated: Feb 17
Gracefully Broken by Pastor Joyce Terry
A familiar worship song entitled Gracefully Broken was written by Matt Redman. The lyrics speak about giving God our all, even in our brokenness. Through His grace, we can find hope even if our lives have seemingly been shattered into pieces. Remember, being broken is an integral part of God’s plan for our growth. Satan wants us to believe that when something bad happens to good people, it’s God’s fault. Who do you blame when things go wrong? The answer to this question is important because it causes us to examine if we really trust God, even in times of uncertainty and especially when the outcome is not what we expected. Let’s face it, brokenness is not what we intend to feel when we have sacrificed our time and energy to someone or devoted ourselves to something. Whatever the case, most of us desire to see a positive return on our investment. Here are a few reasons we are gracefully broken by God.
We are gracefully broken to be conformed to His will.
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked the Father, if it is your will, let this cup pass from me (Matthew 26:39;42). This lets us know that doing the will of God is not always easy, but it is possible through His grace. Many times, we will be faced with a challenge that initially brings brokenness and pain, yet it is for our good and perhaps the good of others.
We are gracefully broken to be convinced of His wisdom.
There will always be an opportunity to bask in the glory of what others think you accomplished on your own – don’t take it. Instead, when an extraordinary thing happens, see how God in His infinite wisdom was able to orchestrate and rearrange everything so that even in your brokenness, He used you for a great work. From the doors He opens to the ones He closes; nothing is in vain or without the wisdom of God at hand. There is a reason we are broken – to serve as a constant reminder that God is all powerful and the only wise God who rules over everything. The moment we think we can figure things out ourselves is the day we go from being broken to being bound by conceit. Paul said, it is only God who gets the Glory – His grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 2:9).
We are gracefully broken to be complete as His witness.
One is not a true ambassador of Christ unless they too have suffered. We speak about the resurrection of His power, yet shy away from wanting to also bear the likeness of Him as He suffered and endured the Cross. Truth is, we each have our own cross to bear, but we know it does not end in defeat because we are His witness (Luke 9:23). Being broken does not mean we are powerless – it means that anything in us that should not be there will keep getting crucified, helping us to live victoriously until the day of His return.