Welcome back and thank you for joining me this week as we continue discussing how God releases blessings to us in our brokenness. There are seven developments that I have experienced during my period of brokenness and I shared four of them last week. They are: defuses sin, destroys our pride, demolishes our self- reliance, and determines our path. I truly believe that every Christian regardless of what type of brokenness they have felt; they have experienced or will experience some of these 7 developments.
God shines His comforting light on us during this time as we go through our moments of feeling broken. There are some beautiful blessings that are revealed to us as we desire to seek Him. Whether it’s our health, our heart, a close relationship, or even our spirit that is broken we should be encouraged during these times because our Heavenly father is nearer than we think or feel at the time. “He saves those who are crushed in spirit”. How comforting is that? During our moments of pain, worry, fear, and grief Almighty God wants to save us! As you go through these trials I want you to remember that verse. I also want to share with you the final 3 transforming developments that take place as we travel through these debilitating trials.
1-Develops our Faith. Our faith is where we get our strength from God. However, without exercise, muscles grow weaker. When God brings us through these difficult and trying times our faith in Him grows stronger!
Consider it all joy my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have it’s perfect effect so that you may be perfect, complete lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4.
Those were some of the first verses I memorized after the stroke. James wants us to understand that these trials are testing and growing our faith as God desires a deeper more intimate relationship with us. Which leads me to the next transforming development.
2-Deepens our Relationship with Christ. As we suffer through unexpected difficulties and pain God delivers us and our love for Him grows immensely. We want to please Him in everything we do. We realize just how much He loves and we want to return that love by honoring Him. They best way to honor Him is by being obedient and seeking to do His will. (John 14:15)
I love those that love Me and those who diligently seek Me will find Me. “ Proverbs 8:17.
Are you diligently seeking Him? If not that just might be the source of the brokenness you are feeling or have experienced. God is not hiding from you and as I mentioned earlier; He wants to save you!
3-Displays of God’s Love for us. This is my favorite and the BEST development! As our faith in Christ grows and our relationship with Him deepens; we feel the indescribable benefits of His love: undeserved redemption, indescribable peace, unmerited grace, joy in our soul, and protection from the enemy. Also, remember this, He’s preparing a place for us with Him in Heaven!
For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as a shield.” Psalms 5:12
And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard yours hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Don’t be dejected or sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Wow! I know the trials and feelings of brokenness are extremely painful but have you ever wondered what your mansion in Heaven will be like? I sometimes daydream about how God is designing my mansion and who will be next door to me? As Christians we must keep our eyes on our Savior trusting Him to bring us through these difficult times. Look at what Job said as he was going through some of the most difficult trials you can imagine!
But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me I shall come forth like gold.” Job 23:10
I cannot comprehend how Job was able to maintain that kind of trust in God with everything that happened but whenever I’m feeling broken and suffering through difficulties; I want to have a faith like his.
In fact, here is my last verse of this post and I’m adding it to my list of verses to memorize. It’s a promise of God that we need to carry with us as we encounter trials and are feeling broken in spirit.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor the flame will burn you.” Isaiah 43:2.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, brokenness is a painful process that we must go through at some point in our lives as God molds us to be more like Him. It is my prayer that you will remember just how much He loves you and know that His beautiful blessings will follow whatever you are going through. God is not going to leave us alone in the boat tossing to and fro through the frightful storms in life. He promises that He will bring us safely to the other side!
Food for Thought
What are some beautiful blessings of Christ’s love that He has revealed to you during difficult or extremely trying times? Please share and encourage us in the comments!