Do You Feel Broken?
I don’t have to look far in my house to find broken things. A broken kettle, a broken door handle, a broken pot… What’s the best thing to do with these items? If they can’t be fixed maybe it’s best they just get thrown away? And what about broken people – are they good for anything, what does God do with them, especially if it doesn’t seem like things can be fixed?
I used to think I had nothing in common with these broken items. But I was wrong. I want to tell you about the kindness of God. A story of His mercy and steadfast love. A story which is not finished by a long shot. It’s also the story of my life.
“God is allowing me to experience new death and new life. … Death is the pretext for resurrection. There simply can be no joy without deeply facing the sorrow of death. …If it is the kindness of God that leads to repentance, then we can’t find healing for our brokenness until we are broken in heart and overwhelmed by the kindness of God.” (Steven Curtis Chapman & Scotty Smith, “Repairing Broken Things”)
Brokenness is a lot like dying. Dying little by little inside. Which brings sorrow and grieving with it. But – miracle of miracles – God is in the business of bringing life out of death!
The apostle Paul writes in Romans 2:4,
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” (Romans 2:4 NLT)
Brokenness and sin
Brokenness is the starting place of allowing God to deal with our sin.
My life has been filled with many blessings and obvious evidence of the kindness of God. But I also have a lot in common with the broken rather useless items that are in my house. Right now I’m in the middle of a season where God is revealing to me how broken I am, how much brokenness there is in my life, and how much I need Him. And if there’s one consistent thread in this story it is the theme of His steadfast love.
We all have places of brokenness. Brokenness that comes in the shape of things like disappointment, heartache, failure, divorce, loneliness, addictions, betrayal, rejection, mixed up families, mixed up relationships, financial crises, illness, death, depression… the list goes on.
In fact, brokenness describes the human condition. It is the result of the break between God and us. We can define brokenness as “anything that is not according to God’s original design.”
We see in the Bible how brokenness entered the world when Adam and Eve decided to do things their own way – and not God’s way. The rest of the Bible tells us the story of man’s brokenness. But also God’s plan to restore wholeness. You and I are part of this story.