“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
We all want to know where a God is when out world devolves into pain and heartache. We ask, “Why would God allow this to happen?”
Pain, in whatever form it comes to us, makes our field of vision small. We can’t see 100 feet in front of us when we are being attacked from 3 feet away. We can’t see the blessings tomorrow holds when we are bombarded with heartache today.
Pain, heartache, and suffering do not mean that God has left us. In a very real way, God comes close to us when we experience brokenness.
That was King David’s experience in Psalm 34.
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry”
This isn’t just an Old Testament truth. We see it loved out in the ministry of Jesus.
Jesus had a friend named Lazarus. Jesus dined with Lazarus, knew his family, and was even sent word when Lazarus fell ill.
But rather than rushing to Lazarus’ sickbed, Jesus tarried. By the time Jesus finally arrived in Bethany, where Lazarus lived, He received the news that Lazarus passed away.
“Where have you laid him?” Jesus asked them when He arrived.
Lazarus’ sisters, and the other mourner, took Jesus to the grave. In this context, the Bible recorded the shortest verse in Scripture:
Jesus is present to His followers when they hurt. His heart breaks for His loved ones when they suffer.
The weeping Jesus does is different than our weeping. Though He feels the fullness of the sadness of the situation, He also sees past the pain of today, and is able to bring about the blessings of tomorrow.
Read the full account of the power of the presence of Christ among the broken-hearted in John 11.
When we are in the hospital, or at the cemetery, we can trust that God is with us, God is for us, and God in His great grace, is holding us up.
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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9