Broken but Blessed
Dear child of God, any brokenness in that life of yours? That’s a question of which we all can answer with certainty: It’s been said, trouble will either make you or break you. And “man is born unto trouble as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). Here’s the blessing,: when troubled, then broken, we are candidates to be blessed, and God can “make you.” Together with our broken lives come the blessing, namely the FIXER of lives, granting us grace to get back to where we belong, where we need to be FOR HIM, on our journey of life again. Yes, running again, fixed again, fueled up again, all made possible by the One who knows our frailty, understands our weakness, knows the intensity of our trials, what brings the trouble, and then the brokenness. The Lord then addresses our needs with the strength of HIS grace for the next step, the next venture, the next challenge. With HIS FAVOR, HE gets us going again with a new vision to travel down that road of life with our spiritual engine running again. Yes, His new 20/20 vision imparted to us, on a new road assigned for us, seeing that HE takes care of the one on that road, restoring your spiritual new creation, being made new again: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things (including the broken things) are passed away, behold all things are become new” (becoming new moment by moment - 2 Corinthians 5:17), all with HIS recreating power of grace. The blessedness of newness is in HIM, and from HIM given to the broken “to find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). That newness of his grace which has the Spirit’s power in recreating the needy man could never have been experienced had it not been for that “down time” of the broken ready to be “shut down.” The need beckons the call to the Need-Filler. Then, under God’s watchful eye, the Graceful One comes to the rescue; HIS FAVOR can bring new life to the “once broken man.”
Yes, once broken, and in spite of what broke who, or who broke who, or why was that one who once broken in time; just go on with hearts now healed. One must dwell on the One who will “bind up the broken hearted” (Isaiah 61:1). He will bind up (to wrap, bandage and heal); so, just confide yourself in Him, and what He bestows: HIS newness in grace is greater than any grievance, any circumstance, any wound, any trouble or trial. You see, there are some graces bestowed upon the troubled, the bruised and broken that would never be discovered had it not been for that which targeted them in the first place in this tainted, sinful broken world. So, what’s next? Scripture’s answer of course: “Forgetting that which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Philippians 3:13). We need to let go of the past on the road of life; as we know that the windshield’s clarity is broader than the rear-view mirror with its distant bllndspots. Think about it, moving on from the past, as well as present: letting go even of the NOW, in order to gain that initiative and perspective to make the next move, a new move, going on and growing in new grace newly found when now unbroken. It’s all about knowing HIM NOW, and the power of HIS new life in you, His resurrected life (Philippians 3:10), and pressing “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (v. 14). Oh, look to him, and not to that which once broke you, which still has the bloody fangs of that lion of your destruction, ready to break you again.
Let the lion of that which desires to devour you be resisted “stedfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9). The evil of the one who brings brokenness desires to break you again: namely, “your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:5). Oh, move on from the past of your brokenness, and move away from the breaking one, then move over to the Blessed One, the “LORD your God … (which has) broken the bonds of your yoke and made you go upright” (Leviticus 26:13). Your adversary as a roaring lion is now broken by the One who was also broken and bruised for you on the cross (Isaiah 53:5). So, journey on, and stop only take “honey out of the carcass of the lion” realizing he is the defeated one (Judges 14:9). Oh, be among those once broken, but now blessed with the honey of wisdom, knowing that your adversary is no longer in control. Taste of that sweet wisdom gained in your once broken state, graced with the sweet counsel of His Spirit enjoyed, and the power of His Word being “sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:130), now established in the heart now made whole. “Oh God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even my glory” (Psalm 108:1). Why glory in Him? Because He “healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up his wounds” (Psalm 147:3).