The Lord is close to those who are broken hearted and crushed in their spirit. There are many experiences in life that can break our hearts such as disappointments, deaths, hurts, failures, missed opportunities, loss etc. At such times we may be lonely and feel forsaken by others. But the wonderful promise is that the Lord is close to us at such times. We must realize the close presence of God and allow him to minister to us and heal our broken hearts.
The Lord heals our broken hearts and wants us to minister to others who are going through the same experience in their lives. Whenever we go through an experience of brokenness in our lives, we are in a unique position to be used by the Lord to minister healing and restoration to the broken hearted. The wounds of Jesus ministers healing to our lives.
In the same way, we can allow the Lord to use the wounds in our lives to minister healing to others. We must allow the Lord to heal our wounds and then we can use that healing experience to reach out to others and enable them to experience the same healing in their lives. Instead of mourning over our heart breaking experiences, we must see the possibility of using them to become a channel of healing to others.
The Lord is seated on the throne of Grace with a heart of compassion towards us because He can sympathize with all our weaknesses. During His life on earth, the Lord has gone through all the trials and tribulations and temptations that we go through in our lives and He understands our pain and sorrow and humiliation and temptations.
Therefore, we can approach Him confidently in our times of brokenness because He understands us and sympathizes with our weaknesses and He is ready to shower His grace and mercy upon us. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. "
The Lord went through a path of suffering and pain to fulfill His mission on the cross. If we want to know the Lord intimately in our lives, we should be willing to be a partaker in His sufferings. The Apostle Paul realized that if he wanted to Know Christ in an intimate way, he should have the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings. If we do not want to share in the sufferings of Christ, we cannot really know Christ in an intimate way.
Therefore whenever we go through a path of suffering and brokenness, it is an opportunity for us to know Christ intimately because we are sharing in His sufferings.
PSALM 34:18; PSALM 51:17; PSALM 147:3; JOHN 12:24; 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-4; I PETER 2:24; ISAIAH 53:3-5; HEBREWS 4:15-16