The Crushed and the Brokenhearted

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The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

When things go wrong, when you end up with a broken heart and a crushed spirit, it is all to easy to think that you have been abandoned. As you hurt you look inward, mentally curling up to protect yourself. Your world contracts and your eyes drop. No one seems to be there, just you. You alone.

As you sit in that isolation David is keen to whisper to you that “the LORD is near”. It is often as you hit rock bottom that you can be more aware of God’s presence. As your props and distractions are kicked away, you discover the God who is there. Who is near. To be brokenhearted is not to be abandoned by God. To have a spirit that is crushed is to be a person whom the Lord saves.

It is a fact of our walk through this earth that suffering afflicts the believer. To be a Christian is not to be one who simply floats off to heaven on a cloud of fluffy loveliness. You only have to look at the life of Paul, or any of the apostles, to know that. The Christian does not escape being broken hearted, but neither does he or she escape the loving presence of God.

If you are reading this, feeling crushed by ongoing restriction and loneliness then please do be assured of this: the LORD is near.

Come and See

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (John 1:45-46) - It is our task to point people to Christ and give the indication “come and see”, but in the end it is Jesus who converts people. The task is in fact a straightforward one. Just say “come and see”. And then leave the rest to Jesus.

Amy Carmichael

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19) - Amy Carmichael was born in a small, coastal village on the east coast of Northern Ireland in 1867. The eldest of seven children, she was reputed to have been full of life and the happy child of devout parents. She once wrote of God that “it is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfil the desires which He creates”. Her life bore testimony to the truth of that statement.

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