“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?”

So went the Sixties love ballad. But now God has a heartbreak of much greater importance for us, one needed for our spiritual growth.

For the closer we get to fulfilling God’s goal for us—to be His fully matured sons and daughters—the more is our need to be broken.

Call it self-protection, but we in our original state harden at heartbreak. We squirm away from suffering. Because the history of mankind is painted with pain, we sequester ourselves, building turrets on our castles of consciousness.

We are careful each day to put on man’s armor to protect us from the myriad souls who would rifle through our defenses with their troubles. If we were not hardened, we feel we would weep and lament for the needs of humanity. As medics in a MASH style hospital in Vietnam, we had to harden our hearts just to make it through another day of death and human destruction.

But now our Example arrives on the scene of our existence. He is Christ our King, the great Healer and Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that therein is. We see Him walking about humbly, a broken man, a man of grief and suffering. He was a man of sorrows—our sorrows. He looked out and observed faithless men, and He suffered, knowing what the world would go through.

He knew all this, but how would He get man to begin to love and be merciful to each other? He would first exhibit the greatest love in the world: To die for another. Thus, He left us an example “that we should follow His steps.” He would deliver us and command us to “present our bodies a living sacrifice.” In so doing, the seed of agape Love, which is God, would germinate by faith, and that Seed would grow into “trees of righteousness.” We are those trees, my brothers and sisters.

But before all of this happening, the ground of our hearts must be broken up to receive the Seed. The hardened ground of pride will not bear any kind of spiritual fruit.

And so it goes. Most men prattle on. Their grudges grow into granite walls. And there man lies down for the last time, the only thing left is a helpless granite slab, never to be remembered again, lost in a tomb of dust with no hope, except the Resurrection.

Believing this brings a broken humility which God rewards with grace. We all should ask Him for brokenness. God is near to those of a broken heart. That’s where we will find Him.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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11 responses to ““What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?”

  1. Sara Carran

    Beautifully written. I understand God’s design of using (not causing) heartbreak… but are there any biblical examples of a person responding to God’s plan and purpose without having to be totally broken?

    • Great question, Sara. Brokenness is a condition of one’s heart that is not brought about necessarily “by accident,” from without. Like religious persecution that was so rampant in the age of the apostles and those centuries that followed. It is about being “soft inside,” serving Christ, walking in His brokenness, for it is all Him that should be manifested in the end.

      His brokenness that we should emulate is self-imposed. God tells us to “break up your fallow ground,” and walk in His ways and not the ways of the world. “Return unto Me” (Jer. 4:3).

      We can and should create our own brokenness, ironically through gratefulness and thanksgiving from the heart. We thank Him for such merciful forgiveness. We can look into the mirror and judge ourselves and compare His peace now in our hearts with the totaled out confusion and self-destruction of our old lives. As we thank Him, we then look out over the earth at the spiritual wrecks out there that need Him. Our hearts should break as we see His love that waits there on the sideline waiting for the lost to realize they need a saving hand. Reread this: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/i-need-to-cry-today/

      Brokenness does not have to occur through a disaster. But, “If we would judge ourselves, then we shall not be judged” (1 Cor. 11:31).
      Hope this helps. Thanks again for commenting. Love, DAD

  2. Nelia

    Love this Kenneth. So true. God bless you.

  3. J

    Thanks Wayneman- for helping me to stay focused on Yahweh’s desire to develop agape love and eventually abiding in His children as a result of your post over the last several months and the books you have had published and so generously give to your readers.
    I just finished re-reading “The Eleventh Commandment.”
    and am now halfway through re-reading “Yah Is Savior.” Though I searched the The Holy Scripture for over 40 years; it’s amazing how much more I see when I read/ study Yahweh’s Word. I thank Yahweh for you and the gift that He has given you (for lack of a better way of describing it)of your in depth- three dimensional writing style- for the increase in my spiritual understanding.
    Thanks again!!!

    • J, thank you so much for these encouraging words. I am so grateful to Yahweh that the writings He has allowed me to share has touch you and enlightened you as to His desire for us to grow. It is a teacher’s greatest joy to have taught something that really helps one to learn and be edified. That is the calling He has given me. And your affirmation of what I am doing is so rewarding. So, J, continue the walk that He has led you and get the word out to the future overcomers.

      You are welcome and thank you for following the Savior into a deeper walk. It does take study but Christ’s classroom is full of light and joy….You mentioned the books. There is no false humility when I say this: I can’t write this truth found in the books. It is His Spirit helping me. Sometimes I will sit at the computer and literally ask Him, “What do you want me to write today?” I have not a clue. Then I reach for one of my journals, open it up and there is a very rough draft written five years ago. So, I begin to write. Then He will show me how fifty or sixty published articles on the blog collate together and start to take shape as a book, proving a much larger thesis. I am astounded by it all.

      Thanks again for the encouraging comment. So glad the books are edifying you. He has sent to His body His teachers to edify you. His teachers are “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13).

      Your brother in the work of the King,

      Wayneman

  4. Your writing could not of explained better the need of a broken vessel in which only God can work through! Many Blessings.
    Julia
    The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:17-19).

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