Broken at Our Core
Let’s be frank. We are straight up sinful. There is no denying it. And a lot of times we break ourselves and cause our own pain by our actions.
I’ll never forget the first time I recognized why God had allowed me to travel the path I did before he saved me. I was looking into the face of a crying teenager who was revealing to me the manipulating and abusive actions of her boyfriend. Because I had been in her spot only years before, I was able to minister to her like no one else could in that moment. I was able to key in on lies she was believing and truths she needed to hear. I was able to genuinely empathize with her. I remember thinking, this is why God allowed me to experience that. So he can use me to warn and help others.
Another way he uses our sin is in our struggles. We all have sins we are prone to. Sometimes those battles feel exhausting. We can often feel alone in our struggle. But we are not.
There are many people who have the same draw toward whatever sin it is you may face. Whether it’s lust, anxiety, anger…no sin is uncommon to man (1 Corinthians 10:13). God can and will use you even in the midst of your wrestling match with sin. He will use what you’ve learned in others’ lives. This is why it’s so important to be open with fellow believers about our failures.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16 ESV)
God will also use your brokenness to grow you in Christ and also closer to him.
I battle severe anxiety. I have often wondered if I’ll ever be “normal.” But God has used my anxiety to draw me closer to himself and cause me to rely solely on him. He could be using your brokenness to do the same. This is a gracious thing! The God of the universe loves us enough to draw us—sinful humans—near to his holy heart. Friends, that’s truly amazing!
I pray you’d answer the call of his drawing. I pray you’d grow in your trust that he is good even when your life is filled with bad. He is working in the brokenness. He doesn’t tire and he doesn’t tarry. He is for you and he is faithful.
This post originally appeared on godsmyhealer.tk.