Daily Devotional: Day 175
“He [the LORD] heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3, ESV).
The word “heart” used in today’s passage is referring, not to the physical heart located in your chest, but to your inner being. Throughout today’s message, that will be the intended meaning. Of course, the condition of your inner being can have implications for your physical heart as well. Your spiritual condition affects your physical condition. More people are wounded in their heart than they would admit.
You can’t avoid having social interactions with people. But we know that these interactions aren’t always as smooth as we would like. Occasionally, people get hurt by others, intentionally or unintentionally. Depending on the nature of the experience, the degree of pain will vary from individual to individual. At the end of the day, regardless of who (or what) got your heart broken, the earlier you got healed, the better for you and everyone around you. The Lord cares about your wholeness, especially your inner wholeness.
If your heart is broken, you don’t have to ignore it. It doesn’t help you to pretend to be fine when you’re not. God knows everything, so you might as well talk to Him about it. If someone has hurt you and you think it’s important to draw the person’s attention to it, you may do so. Remember, however, that no human being can fix a broken heart. God alone can touch the problem at the root, repair what is broken, make you whole and set you free.
Often, people who hurt others are themselves broken, so don’t expect them to help you find what you truly need. Otherwise, you can inadvertently give them the opportunity to make your situation worse. Start by forgiving them from your heart; then, turn to the Lord in prayer. If you need to cry, feel free to do so in the presence of your Father. Open your heart to Him, and ask Him to touch your heart and heal you of all disappointment, bitterness and pain. He will do it. If you know a brother (or brothers) in the Lord in whom you can confide, you may do so and seek the support of Spirit-filled people.
You need a healthy heart to worship the Lord and minister to other people. So, the condition of your heart is important. Keep your heart free from anything that can hinder your peace and joy in the Lord.
As today’s passage tells us, the Lord “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” If you’re wounded, don’t feel ashamed and don’t be afraid. You have a Father who heals broken hearts. He will give you more than coping skills. He is interested in healing you, restoring you, and giving you a new heart. Go to Him today and be made whole.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
For further study: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11