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God is Building in Our Brokenness

James 1:2-6

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

We will all experience times of brokenness. During our lifetimes, we will feel rejection, disappointments, betrayal, loss, sickness, heartache, and more. There is purpose for seasons of brokenness. Brokenness can be described as those moments in our lives when we experience trials and situations that test the very fiber of who we are. God’s intention for these moments is to allow us to take a true assessment of ourselves spiritually and make needed changes so we may be conformed more to His image.
Times of brokenness are meant for refinement. In order for us to become who God intended us to be, we have to go through the process. Let’s examine the processing of diamonds and gold.

Gold is heated to extremely high temperatures. When this happens, all of the impurities rise to the surface and is scraped off of the top. The process is then repeated if needed until a reflection can be seen in the gold which shows that it has reached its purest state.

Diamonds are rare gems. They have to undergo a certain process to be suitable as jewelry or for sale. Prior to being cut, a diamond lacks clarity, shape, definition, visual appeal, and luster. It’s value isn’t accessed until it is cut, weighed, and the clarity (amount of light) that can pass through it is graded.

How Does This Relate to Our Lives?

Likewise, we have a required process. However, the tools God is using to transform and refine us are trials and tribulations which are necessary for us to reach our full potential in Him. Jesus felt every level of brokenness imaginable. As a result, He is now seated in glory. In order for Him to fulfill the Father’s plan for His life, He had to suffer. The same is true for us.

Was not the gold still gold at the beginning? Is the gold still gold at the end?

Was the diamond still a diamond at the beginning? Is the diamond still a diamond at the end?

The process never changed the gold or the diamond’s initial identify but it made them more valuable and perfected. The things that leave us broken aren’t intended to destroy us but to make us more suitable vessels for God’s glory. Before being purified, the gold isn’t clear enough to show a reflection. Prior to the diamond being cut, very little light can be reflected through it. Both the purification and cutting processes are necessary for the gold and diamond to fulfill their purposes. As with us, the process of spiritual development causes the things not like God to rise to the surface so it can removed by Him. The Father’s desire is for His glory to be reflected through us.

Job. 23:10 says, “But He knoweth the way that I take; when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold”.

Do we want God’s glory to be revealed in our lives? Well, we must go through some things. However, God is faithful and His grace is sufficient. He will give us the grace to see it through.

Steps to Building in Brokenness

Tell Him- Tell God How You Feel

Trust Him- Believe that God is able to bring you through it (James 1:6)

Worship Him– Spend time with God and thank Him for your deliverance until you receive it

Obey Him- Do what He tells you to do in order to get your freedom

I’d like to close by sharing the lyrics of a song I love by Hawk Nelson called, “Diamonds”.

Here and now I’m in the fire, in above my head
Being held under the pressure, don’t know what will be left
But it’s here in the ashes
I’m finding treasure

He’s making diamonds
Making diamonds
He’s making diamonds out of dust
He is refining
And in his timing
He’s making diamonds out of us

I’ll surrender to the power of being crushed by love
‘Til the beauty that was hidden isn’t covered up
It’s not what I hoped for
It’s something much better

Oh The Joy of the Lord
It will be my strength
When the pressure is on
He’s making Diamonds

I won’t be afraid to shine
I won’t be afraid to shine
I won’t be afraid to shine

‘Cuz He’s making diamonds out of dust
Making diamonds out of us

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