The God of the Broken Hearted.

As “fair flowers bloom upon rough stalks,” so many of the fairest flowers of human life, grow upon the rough stalks of suffering.

I found myself this morning having a bit of a “pity party”.
It seems like the past year has been one health problem after another for me. I am the kind of person who has a tendency to put a “happy face” on all my problems and focus on anything else. I put off going to Doctor’s until it’s too late, I don’t ask for help unless it’s urgent and I eventually bottom out somewhere. It’s not a healthy pattern and God usually has to do something to get my attention.
I recently wrote a little bit about my testimony for another blog.  I have never written it down because it’s one of those situations where God made good out of a really bad thing and it’s hard to revisit without having to think about those hard times. Looking back over my life was bittersweet to me, and this morning driving to Church it all came crashing down. I spent most of my morning crying out to God in my office and then in my car. I know God can handle it, it perplexes me why I always wait to unload on Him when he promises to never leave or forsake me. I know there is a reason for everything we go through on our journey home to Heaven, and that God is using those very things to refine us for His glory, but sometimes I guess I need to just pour out my heart to Him and let Him carry the burdens of life for me.
 I included a wonderful article from Grace Gems my J.R. Miller. If for some reason today you are sad, or weary please remember that God has special grace for you today. Lean on Him, trust Him. He has this all under control, He cares for His children.
The God of the broken-hearted

(J. R. Miller, “The Beatitude for the Unsuccessful” 1892)

“The Lord is near the broken-hearted.” Psalm 34:18

The God of the Bible, is the God of the broken-hearted. The world cares little for the broken hearts. Indeed, people oftentimes break hearts by their cruelty, their falseness, their injustice, their coldness–and then move on as heedlessly as if they had trodden only on a worm! But God cares. Broken-heartedness attracts Him. The plaint of grief on earth–draws Him down from heaven.

Physicians in their rounds, do not stop at the homes of the well–but of the sick. So it is with God in His movements through this world. It is not to the whole and the well–but to the wounded and stricken, that He comes with sweetest tenderness! Jesus said of His mission: “He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted.” Isaiah 61:1

We look upon trouble as misfortune. We say that the life is being destroyed, which is passing through adversity. But the truth which we find in the Bible, does not so represent suffering. God is a repairer and restorer of the hurt and ruined life. He takes the bruised reed–and by His gentle skill makes it whole again, until it grows into fairest beauty. The love, pity, and grace of God, minister sweet blessing of comfort and healing–to restore the broken and wounded hearts of His people.

Much of the most beautiful life in this world, comes out of sorrow. As “fair flowers bloom upon rough stalks,” so many of the fairest flowers of human life, grow upon the rough stalks of suffering. We see that those who in heaven wear the whitest robes, and sing the loudest songs of victory–are those who have come out of great tribulation. Heaven’s highest places are filling, not from earth’s homes of glad festivity and tearless joy–but from its chambers of pain; its valleys of struggle where the battle is hard; and its scenes of sorrow, where pale cheeks are wet with tears, and where hearts are broken. The God of the Bible–is the God of the bowed down–whom He lifts up into His strength.

God is the God of those who fail. Not that He loves those who stumble and fall, better than those who walk erect without stumbling; but He helps them more. The weak believers get more of His grace–than those who are strong believers. There is a special divine promise, which says, “My divine power is made perfect in weakness.” When we are conscious of our own insufficiency, then we are ready to receive of the divine sufficiency. Thus our very weakness is an element of strength. Our weakness is an empty cup–which God fills with His own strength.

You may think that your weakness unfits you for noble, strong, beautiful living–or for sweet, gentle, helpful serving. You wish you could get clear of it. It seems to burden you–an ugly spiritual deformity. But really it is something which–if you give it to Christ–He can transform into a blessing, a source of His power. The friend by your side, whom you envy because he seems so much stronger than you are–does not get so much of Christ’s strength as you do. You are weaker than him–but your weakness draws to you divine power, and makes you strong.

“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

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5 responses to “The God of the Broken Hearted.

  1. Diane

    Hi Teresa,

    I read your testimony and it was a great encouragement to me. 🙂

    “…but sometimes I guess I need to just pour out my heart to Him and let him carry the burdens of life for me.”

    Yes and amen. He will teach us little by little how to do that; how to lay our burdens at the foot of the cross. And while we are there-we will preach the gospel to ourselves and shout with gratitude at His great mercy in opening our eyes and not leaving us in the darkness. That will ease our burdens.

    I’ve read this several times and it is a comfort to me-hope it will be to you- perhaps you have already read it: “Help Heavenward” chapter 3: “The Burdened Gently Led By Christ”, by Octavius Winslow. You can read it at The Octavius Winslow Archive. Read it and collapse in the Saviour’s rest.:-)

  2. “I put off going to Doctor’s until it’s too late, I don’t ask for help unless it’s urgent and I eventually bottom out somewhere. ” Ouch! You’ve described me to a tee! But, and it’s a sure but, He helps us in ways we might never understand, because He understands best the things we need! I will keep you in my prayers, may I also suggest “Help Heavenward” chapter 3. The song and Miller quote are beautiful! Blessings!

  3. So sorry you are going through a tough time, praying for peace for you and praying that things will get better soon! It is these difficult times that we become so much closer to Jesus, these are the times we have to let him carry us.
    Love you!

  4. Reading your testimony, which like Diane said, was a great encouragement to me, and then reading the quote from J.R. Miller “God is a repairer and restorer of the hurt and ruined life. He takes the bruised reed–and by His gentle skill makes it whole again, until it grows into fairest beauty.” Teresa, in my eyes, and I think in the eyes of all those who read your beautiful, godly blog, you are the most fairest beauty. That quote by Miller reminds me of Michelangelo, the sculptor – he said “I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free”. Does this not describe the way our loving Lord works?

    And what I am amazed by most of all is the way you encourage and minister to us whilst you walk this path. You are such a blessing, I thank my God for you, and I pray He continues to heal your heart and bind up your wounds.

    • Ladies I just got around to reading all of your comments. I have been living at work and finally got some downtime to read and post some things. I am so humbled by our Lord, He amazes me! I am so blessed to have such wonderful Sisters in Christ and I love each and every one of you dearly!

      I am so thankful for such Godly women Lord, thank you for all of them!

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