A Message to the Brokenhearted
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18. I never really truly realized the blessing within this verse until it applied to me. I couldn’t count the amount of times I’ve felt a feeling of heartbreak, but I can count on one hand the amount of times I truly felt crushed in spirit and heartbroken with grief and hopelessness. Until recently I didn’t understand the amount of grace given to us when the Lord heals us of our broken hearts.
Whether you’re heart is hurting from singleness and loneliness, or maybe an unhealthy, un-Godly relationship, or simply the heartbreak and pain of a breakup — the Lord has a sweet plan of redemption and healing in store for your heart. Theres no way I could have ever made it through the deep despair of a somber spirit and heart without the healing of Jesus Christ. Whatever is troubling you, whatever lives deep in your soul, give it all to Jesus. Your burdens and worries are what He longs to mend and make whole.
Singleness is hard. There is no easy way to describe the impatient feeling of waiting for the Lord to bring you to the right stage of life or introduce you to your spouse. For so many years, and counting, the Lord has been trying my heart to lean more desperately onto his power and his love more than anything else. If I’m being honest, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. God is good. He desires good for us. And even though it’s hard to see right now, God has a plan greater than anything our wildest dreams could ever imagine. Dig into his word and find hope in his promises. God desires for his people to desire him. Singleness gives our hearts time to be prepared by the Father, for our future spouse. How amazing is that? The Lord wants you to be ready and prepared for when he brings your beloved to you! Seek to love him and be content in growing closer to him in your time of waiting.
Relationships, more than anything, can strain your relationship with the Father, if they aren’t serving him. Far too many times I have allowed my selfish desires to be loved and in a relationship to override God’s will and plan for my heart. I encourage you, I beg you, if you are in a relationship that is not pleasing the Lord and bringing both parties closer to him, end the relationship. God isn’t trying to be cruel and hold you away from all things good, in fact its the exact opposite! God wants to give you something better! I always try to give excuses for why I should stay in an unhealthy, un-Godly and even sinful relationship, but that never stopped the Father from interfering and ending what was taking my heart away from Him. It won’t be easy and it will hurt… a lot. But take heart because The Lord who created the universe with simply a spoken word is writing your love story! If the Lord has made clear a relationship isn’t his will, listen to what he has laid on your heart. If you aren’t growing closer to Jesus in your relationship, I promise it’s not his will.
But take heart because The Lord who created the universe with simply a spoken word is writing your love story!
Breakups can be hurtful, messy, and devastating. Breaking up with someone you’re in love with, whether you made the decision or they did, it can take a toll on your body, mind, and soul. But the good thing is, from breakups can come beauty, grace, and healing. The Lord has never failed to use my pain and brokenness as a time to heal me and lead my heart closer to him. I have a habit of running full force to Jesus when I am in pain and hurting from a broken heart. In those moments, those moments that feel so incredibly hopeless and never ending, are the moments when I fell in love with having an intimate relationship with Jesus. Take advantage of this time of falling apart and allow Jesus to put everything back into place, the place he longs for it to be.
All of these situations are painful. None of them are something we are excited and hopeful of, but something we can find hope and excitement in is in what Jesus can do in our hearts during these times of heartbreak. The Lord has such great things in store for your heart. Don’t grow weary and don’t give up hope. In my recent breakup and heartache, I am leaning on Jesus for peace and healing. I pray you will do the same and allow the Lord to work in you. It’s not easy, it can even be hurtful, but find joy in His love and promises for better things to come. My favorite verse of all time is Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Even when it feels impossible, guard your heart and lean on Jesus for healing and guidance. He is close to the brokenhearted! Peace be with you!