The breaking process is what God uses to shape our thoughts and our lives into what he has purposed for us both as individuals and corporately as the body of Christ. In the Gospel of John 15:1-3 Jesus tells us that every branch in him that does not bear fruit, the Father takes it away. And every branch in him that bears fruit, the Father purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Simply put the breaking process is God’s way of lovingly convincing us that his way is best, he has our very best interest at heart, and that he truly desires to allow us to experience the very best that this side of life has to offer and life eternal.
This is a statement that I believe causes and poses a lot of questions for many of us as believers and unbelievers alike.
We hear quite often out of the mouths of many…this question. Why do bad things happen to good people? Well, I truly don’t mean to be or sound insensitive to those of you that are experiencing or going through a lot of pain and are enduring some very hard trials at this time. But, the question is who and what are we basing that goodness on and what is our standard when we say that people are good?
I’m reminded of an incident that the Lord Jesus told us about that can be found in three of the Gospels Matthew 19:16 in Mark 10:17 and also in Luke 18:18. What I wish to address about this incident, in particular, is how the man addresses the Lord Jesus when he called him ”Good Master”. Jesus immediately asked him, “why do you call me good? And Jesus tells him that there is none good but God. As human beings, we are capable of doing good things, but let’s face it until our hearts mature and we learn to say good things and do good things from a God-centered perspective and not a self-seeking one…we remain as the apostle Paul says in 1st Corinthians 13:2 as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.