January 17, 2018
God Is Always Close
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Broken hearts come in many forms. Some are crushed by a sixth grade break-up; others when he walks out after twenty-five years. Some come from the rejection of a dear friend; others by reckless words that pierce like a sword. Some hearts are broken when the job is lost; others when the retirement gift doesn't quite justify the years of sacrifice. Sometimes kids go astray or go away. Sometimes loneliness sits heavy on the heart. Sometimes discouragement settles in, and you're not sure when or why it came. Sometimes you come to the crushing realization that what you desperately wanted is just not going to happen. Anyone who lives this life will experience a broken heart, that's for sure.
And there is another thing that's for sure--the Lord will be right there with you. God is always close. If you are a follower of Jesus, He lives in you! But there is something about a broken heart that highlights His presence. There's something about a crushed spirit that amplifies His voice. Funny, isn't it? When our hearts hurt, we hear Him more distinctly. When our spirit is crushed, we see Him more clearly.
It's not like we go out looking for a broken heart or excitedly anticipate a crushed spirit. But they will come--unforeseen, uninvited, unwelcomed. The Lord is close with comfort. The Lord is there with hope. He never lets go of His children. He saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Father, thank You for the promise from Your Word. Thank You for being close to the brokenhearted. In Jesus' name. Amen.