The Importance Of Brokenness
Our last session we studied Two Reasons for Not Being Broken. Today our session we will study “Expect to See Wounds.”
No life manifests more beauty than the one who is broken! Stubbornness and self-love have given way to beauty and the one who has been broken by God. For example, consider Jacob in the Old Testament. We see how even in his mother’s womb he struggled with his brother. He was subtle, tricky, and manipulative. But his life was full of sorrows and grief. As a youth, he fled from home. For twenty years, he was cheated by Laban. The wife of his heart’s love Rachel died prematurely. The son of his love Joseph was so into slavery. Years later, another one of his dearly loved sons, Benjamin, was detained in Egypt. Repeatedly, he was dealt with by God, meeting misfortune after misfortune. He was stricken by God once, twice, and thrice. Indeed, his whole history is said to be a history of being stricken by God. Finally, after many reoccurring dealings, the man Jacob was transformed. In his last few years, he was quite transparent. How dignified was his answer to Pharaoh! How beautiful was his end when he worship God leaning on his staff! How clear were his blessings to his descendents! After reading the last page of his history, we want to bow our heads and worship God. Here is one who is matured, who knows God so experientially. Several decades of dealings have resulted in the breaking of Jacob’s outward man. In his old age, his life of brokenness is a picture of beauty.
To be continued
Rev. P. Benjamin Jr. 9/22/14 Praise God Saints.