“The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalms 34:18 (NIV)
Have you ever been wounded? I’m talking spirit crushing, gut wrenching heartache? Maybe you’ve been a victim of abuse or abandonment. Some of us have experienced loss and pain from broken relationships. Or, past regret and sin consumes our daily living. Regardless of the source of your broken heart or crushed spirit, we have a Heavenly Father who is close and ready to rescue us!
I personally have endured the hardship of an absent father, an “almost” divorce, and painful choices made in the past that tend to haunt me at any given moment. We are told that the enemy is always on the prowl and will attack when we are weak and vulnerable. So why then are we surprised when it seems hopeless and hurts too much?
We have a most gracious, loving, merciful Father who has gifted us His Holy Word to teach and remind us of promises that will lift us out of the darkness. As believers, we don’t have to wallow in dark days and hardship but claim His strength and hope and persevere with the Holy Spirit’s help. We aren’t called to live a wounded, weak life but one of confidence, strength and empowerment as we choose to believe the Words of our Father. We can choose to live broken hearted and crushed in spirit or we can turn to our Savior who is always available and waiting for our call for help.
Overwhelming heartache is inevitable. Hard moments, hours, and days are a guarantee. But thank God, He always fulfills his promises and we have hope that our brokenness can be used for good and that He will never leave or forsake us. The choice is ours, to be stuck in turmoil and hopelessness or to claim victory.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you from my soul that you are a lifeline that pulls us out of the wreckage of this hard, earthly life. Help us to remember on our weak days that you are still as close as ever and you will save us. Empower us all to live a confident life and witness to others that you will make a way. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Amen.