If something is broken, we generally discard it. However, God uses broken things to accomplish His purposes.
God used broken pitchers (Judges 7). Gideon conquered the Midianites by putting their lamps within pitchers; at his direction, the soldiers broke their pitchers and revealed the light, which greatly confused the Midianites, and they were defeated. The light of truth is often hidden by error, and it is when the error is broken that the light is revealed.
God used broken tables of stone (Exodus 32). Aaron had erected the golden calf because Moses had been gone and the people thought they had been abandoned. When Moses came down off the mount and saw what was happening, “he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them” (Exodus 32:19). He then took the golden calf, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder. Next, he put it in the water supply and made the people drink it (Exodus 32:20). We must get rid of the world from our lives. God used a broken alabaster box (Mark 14). “And she brake the box, and poured it on his head” (Mark 14:3). With this, the woman did what she could; we also must do what we can.
God used the broken body of Jesus (Matthew 26). When He instituted the Lord’s Supper, Jesus took bread and blessed it (Matthew 26). Paul later wrote, quoting the Lord, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you” (1 Corinthians 11:24). Note from the Scripture that His bones were not broken: “A bone of him shall not be broken” (John 19:36; Psalm 34:20).
Yes, God uses broken things. Perhaps your life has been broken by sin, but unlike Humpty Dumpty and the king’s horses and men, God can put it back together again. —Larry Acuff, Lithia Springs, Georgia