picture of a potter working on a vessel. showing broken vessels

Broken vessels

Why would God not use Moses as a Prince? God uses broken vessels. Moses fled to the land of Midian for another forty years before he could be used to deliver Israel? Why would God not use Moses when he was very ready? God does not use unbroken vessels. Moses needed to be broken. An unbroken man cannot follow a divine plan. He will only follow his own human plans. Moses was yet to learn brokenness.

Using Moses as a prince could have been easier. Moses had dual citizenship. He was a Jew and an Egyptian. Pharaoh and his daughter both knew he was an abandoned Jewish boy but he was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter as a son. He then became a prince in Egypt.

A prince is a man of influence. Moses could have used diplomacy to mediate between Egypt and Israel or he could have successfully led a revolt that could have led to Israel’s freedom. Those were not God’s plans. His ways are higher than our ways.

The journey to brokenness

Moses was on his way into the land of Midian to be broken. He was to start seeing life from another angle. He was never without food in Egypt. Now in Midian, he would experience what it looks like to be without food. In Egypt he was prince. In Midian he would be a servant. He needed to learn how to be a shepherd so that he can know how to take care of the flock of God.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Ps. 51:17)

God surely uses only broken vessels. Five thousand men besides women and children were hungry. They were with Jesus. They were eager to hear the word. The convention was in full gear but alas, they were hungry. The available foods were five loaves of bread and two fishes. Jesus knew God could use this little provision of a lad to feed the congregation.

And when he had taken the five loaves, and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among all.” (Mark 6:41)   

Jesus looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the bread. He also divided the fishes. He knew that before God can use the five loaves, they must be broken and divided. At the end of the day, twelve baskets of leftovers were gathered. God greatly multiplied the five loaves of bread and two fishes after they had been broken. Before your life can multiply and impact multitudes, you must be broken.

Broken alabaster box

The woman with the alabaster box of ointment in Mark 14:3 broke the box and poured the content on Jesus. The fragrance then filled the whole house and Jesus said “…. wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her” Mark 14:9. The very precious ointment of spikenard in the alabaster box was not useful until the box was broken so that the ointment and its fragrance could be poured out. The fragrance filled the whole house. Until a vessel of God is broken, the fragrance cannot come out.

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold”. Job 23:10.

Job said after I had been tried or broken, the gold in me will come out. The gold in you is yet to come out. Before God can use you to the maximum, you must have been broken. Brokenness is a message hardly preached today but it is still a factor in divine plan.

Broken arrogance

In Midian, Moses’s pride and arrogance were broken. At the end of the day, Moses came out of Midian, a gold. His fragrance filled the whole of the land of Egypt and his life was greatly multiplied in others. By the time Moses was fully broken and God said: now it’s time for you to go, he did not want to go. God only uses broken vessels to perpetuate his plans and purposes on earth.

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