The Strength of Brokenness

The Strength of Brokenness

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman

"The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength." - 1 Samuel 2:4

There is an oxymoron throughout the Bible. It says that brokenness is strength. How can this be? How can brokenness be strength? In order to use men and women to their fullest extent, the Lord has to break His servants so that they might have a new kind of strength that is not human in origin. It is strength in spirit that is born only through brokenness.

Paul was broken on the Damascus road. Peter was broken after Jesus was taken prisoner. Jacob was broken at Peniel. David was broken after his sin with Bathsheba. The list could go on of those the Lord had to break in different ways before they could be used in the Kingdom.

When we are broken, we see the frailty of human strength and come to grips with the reality that we can do nothing in our own strength. Then, new strength emerges that God uses mightily. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Do not fear brokenness, for it may be the missing ingredient to a life that emerges with a new kind of strength and experience not known before. Pray for a broken and contrite heart that God can bless.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.


Jane Hoppe said...

Charlotte, are you okay? My days have been full this summer and fall; I haven't read any of my favorite blogs, and it even took me 4+ months to finish blogging about a trip I took in May. This past week you've been on my mind, as well as feeling how much I have missed the devotionals in your blog. Today, I see your most recent post was from a few months back, which is unusual for you. So, I ask not to pressure you for more posts, only to see how you are. If you have any prayer requests, feel free to leave them in a comment on my blog. I check the comment moderation page every day, and I'd be glad to pray if you'd like. May God bless you, Charlotte!

Jane Hoppe said...

Happy New Year, Charlotte!
God bless you.

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