What does it mean to be “broken by God?” Brokenness is not only something God DOES to us, but it also a PLACE we find ourselves in. There are two primary places of brokenness.
First, brokenness can be the result of SIN. We mess up our lives through sin and self-willed behavior. Then we begin reaping the consequences of those choices. i.e., My life is broken and it leads to a brokenness of spirit in which I am ready to repent before God.
Second, brokenness can be the result of SURRENDER. That is, we have submitted ourselves to the purposes of God and the mighty dealings of God so much so that we are now experiencing pain; the pain of self-less-ness, submission, death to self, and being misunderstood by others.
Both can result in transformation. On one hand you might pray, “Lord, please forgive me.” Or you might pray, “Lord, give me the strength to stay the course.”
What are your thoughts or experiences with this topic of brokenness?