Restoration of the broken

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”
Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

We spoke about this verse a bit during a discussion at The Bridge tonight.  There is so much depth to it.  So much you can pull out and examine.  This verse is so amazing when you really prod it and understand what it is saying.

God is right there in the midst of your pain.  In the middle of your trouble.  He is there as you are going through that tough time.  As Genesis 1:2 says, he is there, hovering over the chaotic waters.  His Spirit looms over the troubled and rampant seas and storms in your life.  He is there.  Not out of reach.  Not watching from afar.  He is right there.

His Spirit is drawn to the troubled areas.  He clings to the chaotic.  He  runs to the broken places.  If it is shattered, crushed, damaged, spoiled, bruised, or destroyed, you will find God’s presence hovering just above the chaos.  He waits for the broken to call out to him in their need.  He longs for those in pain to cry out to him for help.

He is there, hands outstretched, saying, “I’m here.  Just reach out and take my hand.  I can make it better.”

God is in the business of restoration.  Since the dawn of creation he has been there fixing the broken, restoring that which has gone off track, helping the helpless, easing the pain, comforting those who mourn.  He is not far off.  He is close to the broken hearted.  He will rescue you if your spirit is crushed.  He will take the pain and replace it with joy and gladness.

What is in your life that is causing you pain?  Where are you broken?  How has your heart been shattered?  Don’t deny it.  We are all broken in one way or another.  We all have pain.  Life is real.  Life is hard.  Life hurts.  Badly.  God is there, hovering in the midst of the chaos that is your life and my life.  He waits for you to call out, “Help!  I can’t deal with this anymore.  It hurts too much…”

The question is, will you continue to battle the pain and the hurt by yourself and try to glue the broken pieces back together alone?  Or will you allow God to come in and restore the damaged areas, to mend the wounds, to heal the pain, to put back together the broken pieces?

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