Weekly Blessings:Week 70:Being Broke (Part 1)
|Credit: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld
Before you start reading – this week’s post has nothing to do with money. Just thought I’d let you know. Ha.
I was recently reading a devotional by Lauren Espy where she compared our bouts of suffering to Jesus’ miracle of feeding the 5,000. The last two paragraphs of the devotional said this:
Our stories are bigger than we are, as is our brokenness. When we, like the disciples, embrace the broken pieces that are handed to us, those pieces can be used to nourish other people. Our current sufferings pale in comparison to what God wants to do in us if we will only lean into our brokenness and allow God to have His way. It’s at this point of surrender that God is able to reveal His glory through us.
In our times of brokenness, the most comforting thing to remember is that the bread was in Jesus’ hands when it was broken. His hands are more than capable of holding us in our brokenness and charting a path for through which His glory can be revealed.
I don’t know about you, but those two paragraphs really opened my eyes and my mind to some things! The Holy Ghost gave me so much insight that I couldn’t wait to share it with you!
First, what does broken mean?
Broken can mean a lot of things, but we’ll focus on just a few of the definitions – violently separated into parts, disrupted by change, discontinuous, interrupted, cut off : disconnected, subdued completely, reduced in rank
Now let’s apply these definitions to the parable of feeding the 5,000:
There wasn’t enough bread to feed all of the people who came to see Jesus – the disciples only had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Jesus gave thanks for the food and began to break the bread, which wound up feeding everyone and having plenty of leftovers.
Jesus reduced himself in rank to thank God for the food, violently separated/disconnected/cut off the parts of the bread to give to the people, and wound up performing a miracle that changed the outlook of the disciples and subdued them completely.
See where I’m going here?
This is what happens to us! When we find ourselves in a situation where we are broken, we should look at ourselves as one of those five loaves of bread – we are being changed drastically! God may be cutting off a toxic relationship, subduing and reducing us in rank to show us that He is still God, or simply trying to show us who we have potential to be so we can get in position! Whatever purpose God has for us to be broken, we come out of it changed!
And you know what else? Five, the same number as the loaves of bread the disciples started out with, is the number of grace. Look at how many people they fed and the number of leftovers they had after that. God does us the same way – if we embrace our brokenness and go through the fire, we’ll come out victorious and highly blessed!
And you know what else is cool? This parable is the only one that was recorded in four Gospels! So obviously this was a concept that God wanted us to grasp!
Isn’t that amazing? It brings whole new meaning to the entire parable!
Examples of brokenness are found all throughout the Bible:
- Job’s entire life was broken(disrupted by change) before God gave him all the things he lost and more.
- David was constantly being broken(subdued, disrupted by change)
- Adam and Eve’s relationship with God was broken(cut off, disconnected) when they ate from the tree.
- The Israelites had to be broken(subdued) before they could get to the promised land.
- Sodom and Gomorrah were completely broken(discontinued) because the people just couldn’t act right. Not to mention Lot’s wife(discontinued, violently separated into parts).
- Even Mary, Jesus’ mother, had to be broken(disrupted by change) to give birth to Jesus.
And those are just a few of the examples! However, there is one HUGE example that I have kept from you and am saving for part two of this lesson.
Sometimes, being broken is just the thing needed to really push us over and teach us that lesson we need to truly get it together and push forward.
No one wants to be broken, but I tell you – it is so worth it! Everyone has been broken at some point in time, and I’m sure that you can honestly say that, if it weren’t for those broken times, you wouldn’t be the person you are today. So thank God for the lessons and help someone else!
Remember, there is going to be a second part to this lesson, so please, PLEASE come back next week! It will truly bless you!
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