God’s Plan For Brokenness

Yesterday I was sitting at service where Charles Stanley preaches in Atlanta.  Like before, he was looking directly at me while preaching.  This title of his message was “Getting in God’s Way”.  It was a powerful message of how sometimes with the best of intentions we get in the way of God doing an awesome work in someone.

For example, no parent wants to see their child suffer, but maybe there there is a purpose in the suffering. Maybe the suffering is bringing the child into God’s plan for their life. Maybe its the suffering and brokenness that God is after.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 says, “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

You see, it is in the complete brokenness that God can use someone and become a vessel for God. It is ALWAYS done with love.

While Charles Stanley was preaching I was bursting into tears because this is the point of my recovery where God is breaking totally.

Then he looked directly at me said, “You know in my early preaching days I always wanted to fix everyone.  It was until later that I recognized that wasn’t my job.  God uses brokenness to bring people closer to Him and I don’t get in the way of that anymore.” What a powerful and moving moment that was for me. Not easy to hear, but the absolute truth!

Some of you have asked what is next for me. Well I don’t have the entire picture. In fact, I only have the next two days planned out.  Tomorrow I will be meeting with someone that works at In Touch Ministries. Wednesday, I will being going for one of my last sessions of therapy through EMDR, which is the process of letting go of the trauma in my past and breaking me.

Where I am Thursday only God knows!

21 Replies to “God’s Plan For Brokenness”

  1. Amen, Marc! I have recently made the same discoveries about God’s purpose for enduring brokenness. I’ve begun to realize, all the broken hearts I’ve drawn in my journals are actually God’s blessings upon my life- not ugly stigmas.
    Praise God for Broken Hearts! Thank you for your open and honest testimony,

  2. Powerful, Marc. I have been reading through some of your posts and, oh, my, do I understand where you have been and the recovery and praise God for His amazing grace! Thank you for being so brave and real. In our brokenness, He uses us. God bless you.

    1. Thanks! This was one of the anchor verses right after the suicide attempt:

      1 Peter 4:12-13
      12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

      I love how it talks about when, not if, the ordeal when come!

  3. Thank you for your candor. I have been broken into bits most of my life. I simply pray and BELIEVE that God will use my brokenness for the good. I have learned that it is only when we are broken that we realize that God is our sole source of strength. BTW, I love Dr. Stanley and would love to hear him preach in person, lucky you!

  4. DBT was overwhelmingly more helpful, for me, than EMDR. Letting go of the past was instrumental in clearing the way for future growth. I realize now that I have only this day, Jesus’ example, and God’s power.

      1. All of these methods of recovery are helpful, and I’ve gone through them all. I retain tools from each one, but the sharpest tool in my box is Christ’s example. What a blessing, that He gave us the reasoning to seek therapies and medications. They are vital supplements to our faith.

      2. Amen! Being led by the Spirit is the way to go. The Spirit is leading me to embark on something called Biofeedback in the next few weeks. Will let you know how it goes!

        1. I’ve recently done biofeedback, the test showed me areas to pay attention to, in regards to both my physical and emotional health. I’ll be following the recommendations for six months, then repeating the testing. God will bless your efforts to improve!

  5. I completely relate! I used to hate my brokenness, and felt like it was a punishment from God. It wasn’t till He truly brought me out of depression and suicidal thoughts, that I saw His purpose. Brokenness can lead to healing, and it can lead to leading others to Him. He has a plan, and I’m praying for you on your journey! I live in the ATL area, and will definitely have to check out this preacher! – Brittany

    1. So true! Now when God brings me to a low point, I (almost) look forward to it! There is almost always a new level of freedom on the other side. Or nugget of wisdom at the minimum. Definitely check Charles Stanley out! If he isn’t there, Anthony George is awesome as well! I’ll be praying for you as well!

      Grace and Peace,

  6. I have experienced brokenness but God always puts me back better than before. It is painful, yet necessary. I recall watching this same sermon and it kind of hitting me like a hammer. I never could have appreciated it years ago, but now I see how God takes our “pieces” and makes new creatures out of each of us. Peace and Blessings to you!

  7. Great post Marc, your heart is in the right place, keep going for God. In my experience brokenness never stops. Like the potter and the clay. God continues to remake us, break us, remake us until he’s happy with the way we’re made. Bless you brother.

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