I was teaching in minister's class a couple of months ago concerning this subject and, in my years of ministry, I have noticed that there were times in my life when God would allow me to suffer through certain things in order to break me in the right place.
I discovered that God uses brokenness to get our attention. God's desired result is the total surrender of our will. There have been some great tragedies that have happened in the lives of men and women like David , Peter and Ruth. In the case of Ruth, she lost her husband. All of them went through tragedy and that resulted in a turning of their hearts to God in a greater way. Sometimes, God uses brokenness to get those who already know Him to let go of whatever prevents them from experiencing Him more fully.
In either case, brokenness means recognizing that what we have is not enough. When I was a young pastor, I went through a period where I felt rejected by the leadership in the church. This rejection crushed me so until I was ready to quit. As a matter of fact, I did quit. I told them that I was resigning. For days, I told God that I was through with the work; the church that I was pastoring: Faith Tabernacle. God let me go on for days telling Him what I wasn't going to do. And then one morning, as I was telling God what I wasn't going to do, God responded to me and asked me where I was going to go and He said I never told you to go. Well, when He said that, I knew I was in trouble. Then He asked me why was I so angry and I told Him that they had rejected me. Then He told me that they were only what I had taught them to be. It crushed me. It broke me because it put the burden of responsibility back on me, and I wanted to blame them. I realized that what God was telling me was that they responded the way that they responded because of what I had taught them.
Although this period of brokenness grew from a sense of personal failure in ministry, times of breaking come in many flavors. For some, it takes a chattered marriage; others the loss of a loved one; for others, the loss of a job; and still for some, ruined finances. God can use any of these issues to tame our soul. The source of the situation is not nearly as important as how we respond to it. Although the circumstances may be diverse, the divine goal is very simple BROKENNESS.
Pastor Earl Goings shares his thoughts on everyday concerns.
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