To the Hurting Heart

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“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18, NIV.

Recently when I was talking with a sister of mine, I shared some of my current hurts and pains with her. As I poured out my sorrows, I told her, “I wish I could just sit with Jesus and He would hold me and tell me, ‘Everything is going to be okay.’” She assuredly said to me, “He is.”

That day I desperately wished my Savior could comfort me and tell me all would turn out just fine. Though when my sister in Christ encouraged my heart, I felt the Lord’s presence once again. And as I turned to His word, I realized I am not alone.

One of the most amazing characteristics of the Savior we serve is that He empathizes with our pains. When the hurt cuts so deep that you can physically feel it within you, He cares (1 Peter 5:7). When you cry so heavy you cannot see pass the tears held in your eyes, He collects them (Psalm 56:8). That friend that you thought would never hurt you, He understands because He, too, was hurt by a friend named Judas (Luke 22:48). When you feel as though the world around you hates you and is criticizing you, know that the world hated Him first (John 15:18). If Satan has been badgering and tempting you, Jesus understands that too (Matthew 4). And sister, when you are on your knees begging for a way out, a miracle, anything other than facing what you are currently enduring, your sweet Savior bends down along side of you saying, “Daughter, I too asked for another way” (Matthew 26:39).

Know today, sister, that you have a God whose heart is tender towards you. He will never leave you, and never forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). He is your Comforter, Restorer, Healer, Friend, Counselor, and Father. He holds you with His nail-scarred hands and whispers, “Everything is going to be better than okay.”

Prayer: Father God, I lift up your hurting daughter in Your hands right now. Lord I ask you to reach deep within her and touch her heart. Only you can bring the peace and comfort that she needs to sustain her through her trials. Lord, I ask you to bless her, encourage her, comfort her, and make Your presence known to her as never before. We know You are faithful, God, and she is precious in Your sight. All the glory to you, Lord. Amen.

(Read Psalm 73:26, Matthew 11:28, Psalm 147:3, and John 14:27)

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