Broken

Have you ever felt broken beyond repair?

Broken jars were common in biblical times. Jars that carried much needed water would sometimes fall and break. Accidents happened. Jars could be smashed into pieces and appear to be useless. They could become trash, in other words; worthless and disposable. Why would anyone want a broken water jar? It seems it would no longer serve its purpose, right?

Also, throughout time, broken people were common. They still are. Life’s circumstances come at us and we can break. We fall and can feel smashed into a million pieces. We can feel useless, worthless, and disposable. We wonder if we’ll ever be valuable again or if God could ever use us again.

Friends, God has plans for broken jars and broken people. He has the ability to piece us back together in a way no one else can. What was once a seemingly pile of trash, can be turned into something useful by Him. Only by Him.

In Jeremiah 18 the Lord tells Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house. Jeremiah 18:4 states “But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” (NIV)

You see, just as marred pots could be reformed, so can broken people. Pots and jars that were fixed to hold water again are like people who are fixed to hold hope again.

We’re not a lost cause just because we’ve been broken.

We can be used greatly by God for His glory. He can reform us and shape us as it seems best to Him. Furthermore, our repairs aren’t something we need to hide from others. Our restoration is a gift that is worth sharing.

Just as we were once lost and then found, we can also be broken and then remade. I dare say we can be remade into something even better than we were before.

I encourage you not to hide your brokenness. Don’t let the enemy steer you towards shame. Romans 8:1 tells us there’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

I urge you to believe it. Accept it. Live it. Share it.

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