7 Examples of Brokenness in the Bible

Being or feeling broken is not a pleasant experience. Nobody wishes for it or willingly desires it. We don’t find pleasure in being broken.

Brokenness often, however, precedes something of value or great worth. Brokenness also allows God to work in us something greater- towards His purpose.

When a woman’s water breaks, soon thereafter a life follows.

In the Bible, here are 7 examples of things that break or Brokenness, where we see blessings follow:

1. When the woman with the alabaster jar came before Jesus, she had to break it open before she could pour it on His head.

2. When Jesus fed the five thousand, he gave thanks, then broke the bread so they could eat.

3. The ground needs to be broken (cleared/prepared) in order to receive water so that it can bear fruit.

4. Jacob, had to be stripped of self-sufficiency and become broken so that he clung to God in all his might till God blessed him.

5. Peter was broken after denying Jesus. It was this same Peter whom Jesus reinstated and encouraged, who then preached boldly and was mighty in the early church. He learned what it meant to totally depend on God.

6. Jesus, our Savior, the ultimate sacrifice, was broken so that we can live!

7. Sin brings death. Our hearts must, in response to God’s kindness, be broken in order for us to turn to God in repentance out of recognition of our need for Salvation

Once we are broken before God, He is able to shape us and mold us into what He wants us to be. We are clay and He is our Potter.

We have intrinsic value because we are created in the image of God. However, in our actions, we can hinder, slow or prevent God’s wonderful work in our lives by not submitting to Him as we should.

When we do choose to submit to God, no matter how much of a mess our lives can be in the moment, God can create something more beautiful than we can ever do so in our own attempt.

He is the master artist who is able to create something beautiful from something broken! Don’t despair. Instead, entrust your life to Him and then watch how He goes to work in creating something beautiful! 🙂


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14 thoughts on “7 Examples of Brokenness in the Bible

  1. Enjoyed this 🙂 I would love a post about what it means to submitting to God and what it looks like practically! Maybe another post idea? 😉 Love you!

    1. Thanks Kori! Im so glad you were blessed by the post 🙂 Isn’t it amazing to have people who went ahead encourage us the way they do in the Word?! I love it!

  2. It’s so true – only God can make something good out of brokenness! What a joyful thought, huh? I appreciate your examples and they’re a good topic to ponder when in the midst of being broken… Thank you!

    1. Thank you for your response Lori. Glad you were blessed by the post 🙂 Our God is amazing, isnt He? He indeed brings us joy even in the brokenness!

  3. What a perfect line “When we do choose to submit to God, no matter how much of a mess our lives can be in the moment, God can create something more beautiful than we can ever do so in our own attempt.” This is so true and timely. Thank you for the reminder! God bless!

    1. Thank you Melissa. I am glad this was timely for you. I love how God meets us exactly where and when we need Him! And I am humbled that God chose to use me to do it 🙂

    1. Yes Alexandra! Part of submitting to God for His use is allowing Him to work in and through the brokenness! Not easy, but definitely worth giving ourselves over to be used by the Master!

    1. Thank you! It isn’t easy to wait while trusting God but there is always a reward for those who wait on God, we dont wait in vain! Stay strong, Howtobecomeasily!

  4. Brokenness allows God to produce greater purpose through our lives. God truly has a divine purpose in our brokenness. Let us take all those pieces back to HIM>

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