photo by: Shirley/Missouri/December 2010
Broken?
originally written 9 Dec 10
posted 4 Jan 11

Why is it that the most useful horses are the ones who are first “broken”?

It’s because they have yielded to the idea
of allowing someone else to use them for a purpose.
In that yielding, the horse and human become
a team that can accomplish amazing feats.
A horse that cannot be broken is of no practical, purposeful use.
An unbroken horse may be beautiful, but it is not useful.

I was thinking the other day that this is the same with humans.
Many scoff at the idea of “being broken” and not only say,
but also believe, that this is a bad thing and
live their lives running from the fear of being broken.
However, God’s ways and purposes for us to be broken are not to damage us,
but to make us useful.  He uses the humble to accomplish the amazing.
Pride and stubbornness get in the way,
making us unyielding and useless for His purpose.

I always thought I understood all the words
to the songs that plead for brokenness…
but I don’t think I fully understood why we need to be broken.
God made each of us for a purpose.
We cannot fulfill His purpose for us while we are insisting on our own way.
We must yield to our Master, allowing Him to lead and direct our paths.

My pride has not served me well. 
It has hindered my heart from loving as Christ loves.
It has kept me from doing some of what must be done
to meet the needs of others.
It has kept me from yielding completely.
I don’t want it anymore.

It’s a far better thing to be useful in the hands of our Lord
than to have all the fame, fortune, power and glory that this world offers.

One consumes us with meaning and purpose, resulting in fulfillment.
The other consumes us, leaving us empty & always wanting more.

“Then Jesus said to his disciples,
‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves
and take up their cross and follow me
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it,
but whoever loses their life for me will find it
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world,
yet forfeit their soul?  Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels,
and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.’
Matthew 16:24-27

It is better to be broken in the hands of
the Creator seeking to build something useful
than to be broken and discarded when the Day of Judgment comes.

“But rebels and sinners will both be broken,
and those who forsake the LORD will perish.”
Isaiah 1:28

“For this is what the LORD says— 
he who created the heavens, he is God; 
he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; 
he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— 
he says: ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other. 
I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; 
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ 
I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.
‘Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. 
Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
who pray to gods that cannot save. 
Declare what is to be, present it— let them take counsel together. 
Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? 
Was it not I, the LORD
   And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none but me. ‘Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; 
   for I am God, and there is no other.  By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: 
Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. 
They will say of me, ‘In the LORD alone are deliverance and strength.’’ 
All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame. 
But all the descendants of Israel will find deliverance in the LORD 
   and will make their boast in him."
Isaiah 45:18-25

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it.
The earth and the heavens fled from his presence,
and there was no place for them.
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne,
and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life.
The dead were judged according to what they had done
as recorded in the books.
The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death
and Hades gave up the dead that were in them,
and each person was judged according to what they had done.
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.
The lake of fire is the second death.
Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life
was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Revelation 20:11-15

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