Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

The Breaking

God broke me.

Have you ever said that before? Have you ever heard others say it? Those words are often spoken in evangelical circles. But what do they mean?

The words “God broke me” mean different things to different people. However, the words have a specific meaning that all of us should embrace.

The breaking that God does in His children is the breaking of their self-confidence. God must break our self-confidence before we can be God-confident. Then “life” really begins.

The person who wrote the following words has it right:

I have not experienced the breaking and aching from the Lord that I am going through right now in many years. I can't remember shedding as many tears as I have lately. My union with Jesus and my crucifixion, burial, and resurrection have taken on a whole new meaning. I believe a person can't really experience the "heart" of the message until he is broken. It has been painful but I am thankful that God cares enough for me to allow me to be totally God dependent.

Are you in deep pain right now? If so, God is doing something very significant in your life. Drink deeply of His plan for you and all the good He has in mind for you.

Look again at the five commands for experiencing your own crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

Has God broken you? Right now, take a few quiet moments to praise God for His intimate care for you and His concern for your Christian growth.