Monday, July 1st, 2013
Heart Conditions (Part 9)
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Psalm 34:18-19 (NKJV)
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (NKJV)
For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'
Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)
Mourning hearts ache. When someone or something we cherish is lost, we feel broken. It's like a hole in the heart: a crack in the foundation of our lives.
Will we fall through it and disappear? Will we apply mortar to the crack and continue? Can we survive and thrive without the people, passion or purpose we love?
When the world begins to shake, a baby clings to his mother. A child clings to his parents. A teen clings to his pack. An adult clings to many things: families, careers, habits and possessions. Sometimes these 'things' cling back.
But when the earth quakes, our strongest grips can break. In the aftershock, it's hard to remember that God specializes in reconstruction: transforming ashes into beauty and death into life. For Him, brokenness is the building ground for miracles.
Jesus broke bread and fed thousands. He allowed Himself to be broken and fed millions: 'I am the Bread of Life... The Bread that I shall give is My Flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world' (John 6:48,51).
No heart has been more broken. Brokenness is the building ground for miracles.
Because everything on earth is temporary. Its people, places or purposes may be dear to us, but they must not become our primary passion or purpose. The #1 position is reserved for Jesus. And when it is, He will fill the brokenness in our lives with Himself.
'Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me' (Psalm 23:4). Mourning hearts are precious to God. They send us to the Arms of our Father, 'Abba.' In time, a full recovery is promised--and even a celebration of the newness of life.
'You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever' (Psalm 30:11-12).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Heart Conditions series.