"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit."
Psalms 34:18 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Why does God, the maker of all things, care so much about broken things? I mean, God isn’t to blame for the pain, right? So, what would be a good reason for our Father to be near and rescue us in times of brokenness and loss? I think there are probably several reasons, but the reason that seems to show itself the most to me is that He truly loves ALL of His children. I think of about seven years ago when I had been trying to distance myself from God as much as I could because I was hurt. The church my wife and I had served in for 10 years became a source of excruciating heartbreak. Around the same time, my wife and I had experienced a total of three miscarriages, and between dealing with all of the grief from our babies as well as trying to process the issues with the church and the loss of pretty much all of our connection, I had become completely crushed and brokenhearted. I don’t mention these things for attention or to make anyone feel sorry for what I’ve been through. I mention these things because God was still there. He was the one that held my head up while I wept at my desk at work. He was the one that consoled me when I couldn’t sleep due to all of the betrayal from the church situation. Our Father was the one who was constantly there, just hoping that I would turn to Him and trust Him with my hurt. After some time, I did turn to Him and that is when healing began for me. That is when I learned what true trust was about. I learned more about the heart of the Father during that time than the previous 36 years of my life. That the world did to break my spirit and make me useless, God took and reformed and remade into who I am and who I am becoming. Our heavenly Father is using that pain and grief right now in order to speak to you. He truly can rebuild and repair…heal your broken heart and revive your spirit. All you have to do is simply let down your guard, unclench your fists, and let Him console you.
Prayer for today: I know that there are many of us who are or have been brokenhearted. I know there are those that need to be rescued. I am so very thankful that God’s love for us never fails. Today, I pray that we all would lean on God for the strength to trust and hand over our brokenness. That we would place all of the broken pieces into His loving and hope-filled hands. I pray that God will continue to be God and to begin healing and rebuilding us for the glory of the One who sits on the throne. That we would grow in spirit to tell our testimonies of what God has done for us so that the world can hear of the love and hope of God.
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God’s grace on you…