Whether it is marital or divorce issues, children or family problems, other relationship arguments, past experiences that leave you vulnerable, depression, anxieties, failure at work, inability to find a meaningful job, not nearly as successful as you thought you would be, or whatever is causing you serious personal conflict, I hear people talk about how hurt and broken they are in their personal lives…“Man, I am so broken…” Let me encourage you. Believe it or not, personal brokenness places you in a wonderful position to get to know God and what it means to follow him.
Often, I hear a person share how God had allowed them to get to a place of despair and brokenness giving them a need to get to know Him. The following verses are very clear about God’s compassionate heart for the brokenhearted. This very time of discomfort and perhaps hardship may end up being the best time ever to grow spiritually.
Read the following powerful verses to see clearly how close to God’s heart are those who are brokenhearted:
- “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).
- “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalms 147:3).
- “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isaiah 61:1). Noticed that God anointed Isaiah to “proclaim good news to the poor”, “binding up to the brokenhearted”, “freedom to the captives,” and “release from darkness for the prisoners.” He is close to the suffering. I believe that brokenness is especially dear to God because it is a heart issue.
Paul the Apostle recognized because of his amazing background, education, intelligence, and capacity God needed him to be brokenhearted to live in submission to Him. The following verses were very dear to Paul and his relationship with God, “But the Father said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9&10). Paul understood in his brokenness, God was made perfect!
Don’t despair in brokenness…it is God’s means to get your attention and break your will so that you will wholly depend on Him. God is especially close to and heals the brokenhearted. It’s time to grow!