Psalm 147:3 - He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
When we open our bibles to the New Testament and we learn of all the miraculous healings that Jesus displayed for the world to see, I notice a pattern in each and every single one of them; although He healed the body, He was really after their heart.
Jesus is attracted to brokenness.
He constantly has an inclined ear to the silent cries of a heart once whole, yet now remains dismembered. He sees the pieces of a shattered life and He runs. The difference, however, between man and Jesus is; man runs FROM the mess, but Jesus intentionally runs not only TO it, but right directly in the CENTER of it. He isn’t put off by our struggles. He doesn’t shy away when He sees open, bleeding wounds that still linger from our past. Instead, He is so moved with compassion by our pain and brokenness, that He sees Himself as the only One fit to heal us and make us whole.
He unveils what we try to conceal.
It’s in the broken heart and the wounds from our past that God displays His best miracles. So often we try to hide areas that we know would seem ugly to the world. Embarrassment sets in as we realize that although we are “saved”, we are still struggling with deep-rooted issues. “How could this be possible?”, we wonder. “If anyone sees this thing that I struggle with, what would they possibly think of me?” This is a burden that many of us are carrying, yet we were never required to.
I want to share something with you today that the Lord spoke to my heart very recently in regards to brokenness…
The 2 Loaves and 5 Fish.
When Jesus was about to feed the 5000 men (not even counting the women and children), He was provided with 2 loaves of bread and 5 fish from a young boy who gave Him all that he had. What was given to Jesus clearly was not enough to satisfy the masses of people at hand, but Jesus never looked at what He had in the natural, He always looked ahead to what His Father had in store for Him in the supernatural. Jesus had stunning faith. He took with Him all that He had in His possession, and He went over to a quiet place to meet with God. It says in the New Testament that He raised the bread to Heaven, blessed it, then He broke it. This is when the miracle took place. God provided enough bread and fish to not only satisfy the hunger of His followers, but He also made sure that more would be left over to always remind them that He is the God of MORE than enough. He meets our needs, then He exceeds them.
The revelation to this story, however, begins to illuminate the power of brokenness. As I was in prayer, the Lord began to take me on a journey to show me that there is a process to His purpose…
What God blesses must also be broken so the purpose is fulfilled.
Jesus took the bread, He blessed it, He broke it, then it was distributed to fulfill the purpose. So it is the same in our lives. Often God blesses us, He breaks us to fully receive the blessing, and then with a humble and contrite heart, we are able to fulfill His purpose. But why the brokenness? Couldn’t God fulfill His purpose without the painful process of breaking us? I believe He could, but allow me to ask you this one question...
When do you find yourself clinging to God the most in your life; in your abundant season, or in your brokenness?
Brokenness is designed to bring us closer to God, so HE can heal us and use us to fulfill His purpose. There are some areas in our lives that He breaks open, just so He can shine His glorious light to reveal to us His healing power. It’s in our weakness that His strength is shown at it’s greatest. It’s in our limitations where God receives His glory.
I want to encourage you and leave you with something that the Lord has specifically spoken to my heart…
" I am not going anywhere, my child. I cannot be moved by your circumstances, and I cannot be shaken by your struggles. I meet you in your weakness. Before you can even lift yourself from the dirt, I come down to show you that I am not ashamed of where you are. You are never too broken for my love. You are never to weak for my compassion. You are never to lost for my leadership. I shall never deny you, my beloved. I shall never turn my head in shame. You are one that I have placed upon my arm for the world to see. You are one that I have given my light to shine to the nations. There has never been a moment that has ever existed where my eyes have been lifted from your face. I am very intentional with you and through all the pain and sorrow, I have been precisely healing your broken heart and binding every wound from your past. You shall know my love greater through this. For I have said, ‘Blessed are those who are poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ I tell you as truth my Child, to be broken and shunned by the world, means to be healed and welcomed by Me. Receive my love and keep your eyes on me. I am making all things new."
Your Heavenly Father, God Almighty