Job 17:1
“My spirit is broken, My days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me.”

It is often difficult to watch someone whose spirit is broken. They had once been so full of life but now seem to be a shell of their former self. They lack enthusiasm, vision,  and the will to press forward. As difficult as it may have been to watch Job in this condition, as a reader we can certainly understand why he felt this way. His circumstances had crushed his spirit and brought him to a place where life seemed hopeless.

We live in a throw away world. Once something breaks the tendency is to toss it aside and search for a new and improved model. God on the other hand views things differently. He does not see something that is broken as disposable but as redeemable. In fact, when God is searching for someone to use, He looks first in the broken pile. The psalmist wrote;

Psalms 34:18 “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

Psalms 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.”

When we stand back and view Job from a distance, we realize God allowed great difficulties into His life; partly for the purpose of breaking Job, so He could later accomplish even greater works through his life. While none of us relish the idea of hardship or pain, it is valuable to realize that God wants to meet us in, and transform us through our brokenness. Whatever struggle you might be currently facing, whether it is physical, emotional, or relational, understand that God is using this to work in you. He wants to allow the brokenness to get your eyes on Him so He can meet you in your struggle and transform your character.

Pastor Jim


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