By: David El Sabawy
“I’m just a broken instrument in the hands of the Greatest”
– Lecrae on “Broken”
This analogy is amazing because we really are just instruments. God uses each one of us in a symphony that rings to the Heavens. It just doesn’t seem like it because, as I like to say: “whenever I choose, I always choose wrong”. When I say this, I mean to say that when I decide all on my own, outside of God’s will, I tend to make a wrong decision. This happens daily when we fight with sin. We know the right thing to do, but we tend to do the wrong thing.
An instrument is capable of infinitely amazing possibilities. However, what many of us fail to account for, is the infinitely not so amazing possibilities. Instruments have an artist, who uses these infinite combinations of noises to create something worth listening to. What often happens, is that we end up in the hands of the wrong artist. Whether willingly or unwillingly, knowingly or unknowingly; it happens. What makes this difficult, is that the songs these artists play are usually nice. They entice us while feeding off our desire. We think we’re playing the right song, but we slowly realize this isn’t the right song.
You keep going along with it, the artist plays the song and you gain many wonderful things. You have lots of money, a high status, lots of friends, etc… The problem doesn’t become apparent until much later. You keep playing these songs and they’re nice but pursuit of these rewards is empty. No matter how hard you try, it’s a bottomless pit. No one can ever have enough money, no one will ever have enough status. Even the ones who achieve the highest status, sometimes live in the shadows of the greats that came before them. When you follow along with the symphony of this world, it will leave you beaten down and empty. It will peak with a small noise, nothing in comparison to the symphony of the Greatest.
Letting God use you for good is hard. It’s easy to liken it to be an instrument and just giving up all power to Him, but it’s not that simple. God laid down all the right notes in a perfect order that we need to follow. You open your Bible and it’s like God reaches down and tunes the strings of thoughts in your brain. He beats the drum of your heart to His own. He matches the harmony of your voice to His. You close your Bible, and it’s like you’re changed forever. It’s like having gone to a concert that you just can’t get out of your head. There’s nothing like it. You can try to find substitutes, but the truth is in this symphony.
Whenever you feel like you’re out of sync with Him, open your Bible again and read about the story of the Greatest instrument. God sent down a part of Himself, to set an example for all the instruments in the world. Jesus’s song was incredible. The sound of His voice calmed the disciples when they were in a storm at sea. His voice turned water into wine. His voice pierced through the Pharisee’s faithless preaching with ease. His voice healed thousands of people. His voice alone, had the power to raise Lazarus from the dead. If that isn’t the Perfect instrument, I don’t know what is.
We might be broken instruments, but that doesn’t matter. We weren’t meant to be the artists of this song. We were meant to comply with the artist and do the little that we can. Understanding that we’re instruments, allows us to garner the humility needed for God to do His amazing works. God opposes the proud, He doesn’t care for anyone who thinks they have it all.
He came and saved us through His symphony, all you have to do is try your best to imitate Him. God will send His grace and mercy.
Only then, will your song ring beautifully to the Heavens.