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<< Then & Now for Teens, with Dan Darling

Then & Now - Week of August 10

  • 2009 Aug 10

"God Only Uses the Broken"
Judges 16:28-31

Nobody was given more talent than Samson. But nobody wasted more talent than Samson. If you want an example of a life completely consumed by larger-than-life appetites and sexual desire, than look no further than Samson.

But what’s interesting is that just when everyone thought God was done with Samson, when the strongest man on the earth had been reduced to a blind laughingstock in the prison of the Philistines, God used this broken man to win a great victory for Israel.

If you think God doesn’t use broken, sinful, damaged people, think again. In fact, those are the only types of people God uses. Sometimes in the church, we feel we have to put on masks, to hide who we really are. We want people to think we’ve got it all together.

Its that kind of pride that Jesus wants to puncture. It was the pride of the Pharisees that kept them from seeing their own weakness, the sin that clouded their hearts. They needed a Savior but instead, they killed the Savior.

But that Savior, Jesus, hung on the cross to provide a way for you and I and everyone who believes to be whole again. What’s interesting, is that it was brokenness, the brokenness of Jesus’ body, that bought our redemption.

So if you’ve messed up, if you have weaknesses, if you’ve looked in the mirror and discovered that you’re not perfect, watch out. Because you’re just the kind of broken person God really, really wants to use.

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, or at