This letter is to the brokenhearted. Hopefully, the contents of this blog will remind you of the genuine love Abba has waiting for you.
One familiar scripture is, God is near to the brokenhearted; he saves the contrite in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:18, 19). Sometimes we experience misfortune in life, and usually, we feel helpless or even angry during these times. However, these experiences are what Yahweh uses to move in closer towards us.
Psalm 34:18 describes how God responds to our wounds, specifically when no one else can help. Many times people who are hurting miss God when experiencing brokenheartedness. The brokenhearted in Psalm 34 means to break down, break off, break in pieces, bring to the birth, crush, destroy, and it is the primitive root; to burst (literally or figuratively).
Hurtful or tragic events could promote incorrigible behaviors that can develop into many different defense mechanisms. Disassociation is one of the typical defenses to brokenness. Picture a glass bottle sitting on a kitchen table. Someone walks by swiftly, bumps the table, and the bottle falls and shatters. Three things happened, the bottle fell, the content wasted, and its pieces separated. Disassociation is a lot like broken pieces - jagged and separated. People disassociate in many ways and grow accustomed to either rescinding or animated behaviors even though neither personality is authentic. The disassociation is an attempt to protect the sore and vulnerable part of the soul.
Will the Brokenhearted Respond
Sometimes, pain discourages proper treatment. When the physical body hurts, some people won't go to the doctor for help. Saying I don't want doctors poking around my body. But to accurately resolve the discomfort or injury, a deeper look or an exam is necessary. If not, improper treatment could cause long-term problems and cause dysfunctions. Years ago, I heard God say pain drives people to find relief. Some use alcohol as a remedy, others use shopping as their treatment of choice, but Christian Believers have something better - a Healer.
When traumatic experiences visit our front door, we can choose. Will the brokenhearted respond to God's treatment? Psalm 34:18 says God saves the contrite in spirit. God delivers the crushed. No one can touch the inner places that throb and ache with hurt. Even in therapy, we lead people to the healer. Coping mechanisms produce temporary relief, and in severe cases, dependency. Our Lord is nearest when we reach back. The painfulness of losing loved ones, enduring sickness, lay-off's and furloughs, not to mention societal woes, can all be devastating. But, we discover the truth when we respond to God's embrace. Will you let Him comfort you, my friend? Will you turn to God and ask the hard questions? Let him deliver you from afflictions His way? The children of Israel never expected to cross the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-27). Baalam didn't expect his donkey to warn him of impending danger (Numbers 22:23-28). Joshua spoke to the sun, and it stood still for the Lord fought for Israel (Jos 10:13-14). Our God saves his people, and when the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their trouble (Psalm 34:17).
Abba wants to rescue us from misery. When we release our pain, coping mechanisms, and faulty dependencies, He meets us with healing. The last thing I heard while typing was the word value. Your value to God never changes, even in depressing and unpredictable times. He values you beyond what you can imagine. To the drugged-out family member who can't go back home, to that unfaithful spouse who stepped out one too many times, and to the abuse victims and bleeding ministers all over the world, have confidence in one thing - God is near to the broken.
Releasing our pain to the Lord is an intentional act. I know we pray things like God, take this from me. However, we release first, and he fills the emptiness or void.
Forgiveness can be a hard decision to make. However, forgiveness does not mean that we continue in unfruitful constraints. Forgiveness represents the discharge of suffering, and when forgiveness is in effect, the heart produces unexpected behaviors. Forgive yourself, and then you can forgive others.
If it is necessary, ask for forgiveness. Pray for the promise of the Holy Spirit, and ask Him to overtake you. Then ask Abba to teach you how to surrender to the comfort of his Holy Spirit.
Worship. Not necessarily with music but by turning your attention to God when you are hurting. It may seem awkward, especially if you don't know what to do or say. Try closing your eyes and saying the first thing that comes to mind. Prove your dependency on God by honoring Him with your heart.
Do you want to be made whole (John:5:6)? Learn to run towards God.
Be encouraged today, understanding that God is near to the crushed. There are so many people who support others yet feel alone in trying times. Don't go at it alone anymore.
In His Service,
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brokenhearted - 7665 shabar: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/7665.htm
John 5:6 https://biblehub.com/john/5-6.htm