WE FIX BROKEN HEARTS.
My first thought was, “I wish fixing my broken heart was as simple as inserting a stent or constructing some bypasses.” My broken heart had to do with visiting my sister in the hospital last Saturday afternoon.
All you have to do is listen and you’ll find many people with broken hearts. I have so many friends who are hurting. Some of them are grieving over the loss of loved ones while other are grieving because of sons and daughters who have abused drugs and alcohol or who are struggling with same-sex attraction.
Others of my friends are brokenhearted over unfaithful spouses or ones who are addicted to pornography.
I could go on and on with people I know well who have broken hearts–pain caused by job loss, children in prison, debilitating illnesses, or Alzheimer’s or other mental disorders.
While there are many things that boast of knowing how to fix a broken heart, most of us know that they don’t work. Why? Because we tried them, and they didn’t offer any relief.
So, what do we do? Where do we go? Who or what do we turn to?
There’s only One who can fix a broken heart. It is the Lord Himself—The Great Physician.
Shortly after Jesus’ baptism and temptation, He returned to Galilee. Because news about Him had spread throughout the area, He was invited to teach in the synagogue at Nazareth, his hometown. He read from Isaiah 61:1-2—“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor.”
In those verses Jesus laid out His mission. Clearly, one part of it was to bind up the brokenhearted.
But a thousand years before Jesus came, the LORD had already revealed Himself as one who cares for the brokenhearted. David, an individual who was described as “a man after God’s own heart,” struggled with a broken heart. He had a dream that he felt came from God, but he just couldn’t seem to make it happen. Every way he turned he encountered more heartache and pain, even within his own family.
There were times when David experienced loneliness, but deep down inside he knew he was not alone. Through it all he chose to cling to the reality that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18)—that the Lord, “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
Like many of us, David knew that life can often be overwhelming. But at the same time, he also knew that he had access to power that far exceeded his own strength. In Psalm 121 he reassured himself by asking the question—“Where does my help come from?”–and by answering his own question—“My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and of earth” (vv. 1-2).
So, what do we do when our hearts are broken and there seems to be no quick fix or no fix at all? What do we do when our situation looks hopeless?
We have to do exactly what David did—talk to ourselves. We must trust that the Lord is close to us, the brokenhearted, and does bind up our wounds. We have to believe that He is “a shield around [us] and the lifter of [our] heads” (Psalm 3:3).
Rest assured I’m thankful we have access to skilled doctors who can fix the physical abnormalities of the human heart, but I’m more grateful we have access to The Great Physician who is available 24/7 and heals our broken hearts and soothes our painful wounds.
Loving Father, I praise You today because You are the Sovereign Lord of the Universe and yet You care about the brokenhearted. Quite often You are the only One who really knows how we feel and why we are hurting. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for staying close to us and binding up our wounds. Thank You for being a shield around us and the lifter of our heads. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 34