The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NASB)
You have a broken heart. It’s shattered on the floor. Over and over. “Time heals all wounds,” they say. Does it? Why is the pain worsening with time? Why are you broken again and again?
As soon as the sun peaks, the night takes over again. You wonder and cry, “Where are You, God?! Don’t you care? I thought You said You’d never leave me!” It’s hard to see when your eyes are blurred by tears, but hear by faith His tender reply: “I am here. Yes, nearer than your very heartbeat. Nearer still.”
Our infirmities touch the heart of God. He hears even the silent cries of a broken heart. Sometimes, we see God as too high and holy to care about our “little hurts.” True, He is holy and almighty. Still:
This is what the high and exalted One says– he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15
God not only knows, but He understands. You need only look to Jesus to see this is true. Isaiah 53:3 and Hebrews 4:15 say of Him:
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.Hebrews 4:15
As humans, we can’t always see when others are struggling. Some people hide their pain behind a smile and good humor. Or we may be aware of their pain, but don’t know how to ease it. We may be too preoccupied with our own trials.
God is not like this. Your Father is not a fair-weather friend. He is not uncaring or preoccupied. He hears the breaking of your heart. He is not like us, wishing us good will, yet unable to do anything about it. Look at the very ministry of the Messiah, Jesus Christ:
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release from darkness to the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of our God’s vengeance, to comfort all who mourn, to provide for those who grieve in Zion—to give them a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and a garment of praise for a spirit of despair. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. but He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 3:4-5
Oh, who alone can heal the heart, save for He who made it? You don’t need to hide, beloved. He sees—every crack, crevice, hurt, tear, wandering, and sin.
You have taken account of my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle—Are they not in Your book? Psalm 56:8
Yet, He does not turn you away (Joel 2:12-13, John 6:37). He is gentle with your heart (Psalm 18:35, Isaiah 42:3).
Won’t you give your breaking heart to Him? Won’t you trust Him with your heart, whether whole or broken?