by PamFord Davis
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“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation (1 Peter 4:12-13 NASB).”

‘He's a broken man’

Through circumstances he has lost it all.

When a person becomes broken, they often are devastated with a loss of family, home, occupation, self respect and at times loss of health. To be broken appears to be a very negative thing.

Though a negative, it can that can be turned into a positive for individuals, families, churches, communities, and nations. Remember the symbol for a negative, that flat horizontal line?

How does it become a positive? You add a vertical line in the center. What do you see?

A cross.

Job was broken by disease. He lost family, suffered financial loss and respect from family and friends. He thought that God had abandoned him. What was his response? ( Job 17:1) Jobs' life was broken; yet, the story continues. (Job 42:1-6, 10) Job had a fresh start.

Hannah was a broken woman. She wanted children. (1 Samuel 1:5-18) This seemingly hopeless situation was transformed. (1 Samuel 1:26-27) Imagine her joy.
( 1 Samuel 2:1-10)

Naomi was broken due to the death of her husband and adult sons. (Ruth 1:20-21) God turned her grief to rejoicing. (Ruth 4:13-16)

King David was broken by sin and guilt. He was guilty of adultery with Bathsheba, and having her husband murdered in battle. He lost intimate fellowship with God. (Psalms 38:8/ 51:17) David was contrite. He repented of his sins. ( Psalms 51:13) God blessed him as a blessing to others.

The Apostle Peter was broken. He had denied his Lord. (Luke 22:54-62) How could he face his risen Savior? (John 21:15-17) Jesus gave him a divine appointment, to feed His sheep.

God does not want us to stay locked into sorrow and brokenness.(Psalms 147:3/Ezekiel 34:16)

God puts broken pieces back together. ( Luke 4:18/ Isaiah 61:1-3) He sets the downtrodden free.

Jesus was ‘broken’ for you; He was broken for me.

Will we share in the power of His suffering and resurrection?

Wing His Words
Pam Ford Davis