In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. (1 Sam. 18:14)

CASTING CROWNS has a hit song called “Broken Together.” The lyrics tell us that you and I were never meant to be complete, that it’s good enough to share in our brokenness together. In the past, brokenness was a sign of weakness. People hid it. Now our society values authenticity so much that our flaws and wounds are celebrated, as long as we’re honest about them. After all, we’re all messed up, right?

I like Casting Crowns, but that song is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Every time I hear

it, I want to scream, we are broken, but God is our healer! There is more for us than shattered lives. David was a leader who had humble beginnings and was elevated to great heights. But before he was inaugurated into being king, he went through a long period of being broken. King Saul tried to kill him, so David went into hiding. He was an outcast from his own nation, the one he was told he would be king over. He lived in caves, worked as a mercenary, ran for his life. God certainly breaks us. If we are to serve greatly, we must be broken greatly. But the hands that shatter us are not the calloused fingers of an executioner. They are the healing fingers of a doctor whose painful techniques actually bring about our wholeness.

Ask God to heal your broken areas, and break you for further maturity.

Jarod Osborne is the lead pastor of Warsaw Wesleyan Church. He is also the author of Jaded Faith (WPH).

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