“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
I’ve often heard our greatest witness for Christ is when we are broken in our hearts and pliable in the potter’s hands. He takes our broken pots of clay and remolds them into a bright and shiny new pot that will hold much more of His Spirit as we pour out to others who need a touch from the Master’s hands. In our brokenness we can be His hands and feet. We can bring to this world His light. Can we all agree that this world needs more Christ light in it?
I am not sure I want to use the word “imagine” but for lack of a better word I am going to. Imagine a world where, through our brokenness, we become the greatest healers on the earth. Jesus walked powerful on this earth, but He also displayed a heart that could be broken. If this were not so then He would not have experienced everything a human experiences. I think one of my most favorite Scriptures in the Bible is “Jesus wept”. It pretty much says it all.
Jesus experienced brokenness for our transgressions and He was bruised for our iniquities. He wept as He prayed before His Crucifixion. As we die from the inside out to the crazy things of this world, we also might weep. God is most near us during our weeping times because of Jesus grace and great compassion upon us. When we look around us and it “feels” like God is not near by. Hear the truth. God is close to the broken in heart. He weeps with His children and angers when their hearts are messed with. That is our heavenly Father. His nature is protective of those He has called to be His own and has chosen.
If you find yourself weeping a lot lately, you are in good company. Take a look at the prophets of old and what they had to endure, not to mention the Apostles. Their world experience was one of persecution, fear, enduring hard places, and being pressed to their limits. Yet, they conquered and they are over comers. Why? Because God was near to them. He lifted them up, instructed their moves, and protected their advances.
I know it is hard to be encouraged then life drags you down. Believe me, I know what it is like to have my face feel scarred from that dusty road. We weep bitterly sometimes when we endure hardships, are misunderstood, feel challenged and broken in our hearts. Just know that God is near and He is watching. He knows why you are crying and He understands what to do about it all. He may not fix the circumstances. That might be up to you, but He will be there to strengthen you through the blows that life brings. Keep looking up, Your redemption draws near.
Pastor Jenine Marie Howry