You don’t have to live on this earth long before you encounter a painful state experienced by all – being brokenhearted. Certainly you’ve already experienced your fair share. Perhaps it was the end of a relationship or a stinging betrayal. Possibly your child’s ill-advised decisions or the unexpected loss of a loved one. Or maybe you’ve been brokenhearted over your own sin. However, no matter what brings about your brokenhearted condition, there’s good news. God promises to heal it. Together, let’s dive into a few passages of Scripture to discover some soothing promises.
HE IS ACTIVE
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Psalm 147:3
When we enter into a season of pain in our lives, it can be easy to think that God doesn’t care. We may even wonder why He doesn’t step in to fix it on our timetable, or if He’s even aware of our trouble. But tucked within a chapter of praise, we find this beautiful reassurance delivered by the psalmist. He paints a picture of God as a doctor, carefully and masterfully tending to a wound. It reminds us that He has no lack of concern as some would believe. Instead, He comes alongside and directly addresses our pain in the best way.
HE IS CLOSE
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” -Psalm 34:18
In your heartbroken condition, have you ever felt that God is far away? If you have, you’re not alone. You can take some comfort in the fact that others have felt the same way. In addition, you can take comfort that your feelings lie. He may feel far away, but the truth is that He’s right there with you. He doesn’t leave you to fend for yourself. He’s sitting right next to you, holding your hand, hugging you as you cry, and weeping along with you.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4
You’ll find this verse inside nearly every sympathy card. And while it’s true that God comforts those who’ve lost loved ones, the context of the passage leans in a different direction. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 starts out with a series of blessings, the first over those who’ve realized their spiritual bankruptcy. The second blessing offers that often-quoted comfort in mourning, but the previous verse prompts us to ask, “mourning over what?” If you’ve realized you’re oh so “poor in spirit,” more than likely, you’re mourning over your sin.
Is your past littered with sin that still haunts you? Or maybe you’re heartbroken over your sins of today. Either way, God offers comfort. He offers complete forgiveness and unimaginable grace.
HE IS YOUR STRENGTH
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” -Psalm 46:1-2
Does that betrayal or your child’s foolish decisions make it feel like your world is falling apart? Do you want to cancel all the things, stay home forever, eat Cheetos and binge watch your favorite TV show for all eternity? Instead of running to food and entertainment as refuge from our pain, we can look to God for a safe place to hide away for a while. But not only is He a refuge, but He’s also our strength to face the coming days without fear.
HE IS YOUR PEACE
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27
In your brokenhearted disposition, the world offers countless solutions promising to give you relief. It’s true that alcohol, drugs, and medication can dull the heartache – temporarily. But what you really need is lasting peace. Peace found only in Jesus. Let Him transform your heartache into peace by running to Him in prayer and His Word every time you need a dose of hope.
HE TAKES YOUR BURDENS AND SUSTAINS YOU
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” -Psalm 55:22
Life in the morning co-host Mandy shares a testimony on how God took her brokenhearted burdens:
HE WILL WIPE EVERY TEAR
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” -Revelation 21:4
Undoubtedly the rest of our lives on earth will be filled with highs and lows, ups and downs, mountains and valleys. Thankfully, even when we’re in those brokenhearted valleys, we have so many comforting promises to cling to. But there’s even better news. If we are followers of Jesus, at the end of this life, He will remove every lasting impact of our mourning. He will gently and lovingly wipe every tear from our eyes.
What promise are you leaning on today? Let us know in the comments!