Close to the Broken Hearted

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Whether it was the fact that your childhood was full of broken moments or your more recent circumstances have been full pain and sadness, most of us, if not all, have experienced trials and tribulations. These trials can make us feel broken and wearied. At times, our brokenness can make us feel isolated and far from God. However, the opposite is true. Psalm 34:18 it says, “God is near to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” God is always with us. When we feel pain and sorrow, God knows that. He feels that. God doesn’t promise us a pain-free life but He does promise us that He is using the brokenness of this world for good, while being near to us in our suffering.

So, if God is sovereign, why did He allow ____ to happen? Why do I feel so much pain inside because of _____? It’s important to remember that because of sin, we live in a broken world. Therefore, there will be people and circumstances in our lives that come our way that yield pain and sadness. However, we know that this brokenness can be used to demonstrate His strength in our lives. Romans 5:3-5 explains just this.

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

In 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 Paul reminds us that although we may feel pressed on every side, we are not crushed nor abandoned by Jesus. Paul does not lose heart in the midst of his trials and suffering. He reminds us that although our trials have the power to crush us, when we are in Christ and fix our eyes on the things that are unseen, we can appreciate an eternal glory that outweighs it all!

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

When I look back on the hardships I’ve faced, I see clearly what God did in those broken moments. From a family of divorce to my lifelong battle with anxiety, I have faced many not-so-fun trials that have left me feeling broken and hurting. However, God doesn’t intend on leaving me feeling this way! He makes all things new. And because of these things, I am able to share God’s faithfulness in my life, despite all the hardships that have come my way. How awesome is it that after these trials, we are able to share the Good News of Christ’s love in our lives. How much more does that mean to those who may not know Him?!

Go and share your story of what God has done through your brokenness. It’s beautiful.