“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
Those people God uses most to bring glory to Himself are those who are completely broken, because the sacrifice He accepts is a “broken and contrite heart.”
It was only after the poor widow broke the seal on her only remaining jar of oil and began to pour it that God miraculously multiplied it to pay her debts and thereby supplied her means of support (2 Kings 4:1–7).
It was once Jesus took “the five loaves . . . and broke them” (Luke 9:16) that the bread was multiplied to feed the five thousand. Through the very process of the loaves being broken, the miracle occurred.
It was when Mary broke her beautiful “alabaster jar of very expensive perfume” (Matthew 26:7), destroying its future usefulness and value, that the wonderful fragrance filled the house…
…and it was when Jesus allowed His precious body to be broken by thorns, nails, and a spear that His inner life was poured out like water, for thirsty sinners to drink and find life.
In nature, it is not until a kernel of corn is buried and broken in the earth by DEATH that its inner heart sprouts, producing hundreds of other seeds or kernels…
…and so it has always been, down through the history of plants, people, and all of spiritual life – God uses broken things.
Those who have been gripped by the power of the Holy Spirit and are used for God’s glory are those who have been broken in their finances, broken in their self-will, broken in their ambitions, broken in their lofty ideals, broken in their worldly reputation, broken in their desires, and often broken even in their health.
It is my prayer that our hearts will be comforted knowing that the brokenness we feel is the very basis upon which God will build us up with His strength and will clothe us in spiritual power…amen.