You are Purposefully Broken

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.”

Romans 5:3

Ponder This

For several centuries, a village was known for its exquisite and fragile porcelain. Especially striking were its urns, which were as high as tables and as wide as chairs. They were admired around the globe for their strong form and delicate beauty. Legend has it that when each urn was finished, there was one final step. The artist broke it and then put it back together with gold filigree. An ordinary urn was then transformed into a priceless work of art. What seemed finished wasn’t complete until it was broken.

Men throw broken things away. But God never uses anything until He first breaks it: “A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). God is trying to break your life for eternal good.

  • How has God used the broken things in your life to build godly character?
  • How has your faith grown stronger through the hardship you have faced?

Practice This

Journal today about some of the ways God has used the broken things in your life to build stronger character and faith in Him.