A Broken Heart
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3
- Notice God is near to those with a broken heart.
- He heals the broken hearted.
- He comforts his people who are having trials and troubles.
- He does this so that we can comfort others.
- He comforts us with the Holy Spirit.
- He comforts us with his Word.
- He comforts us through our spiritual friends.
- He comforts us with his blessings of provisions.
Broken Hearted Prophet
Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness. Jeremiah 23:9
Jeremiah the prophet was broken hearted over the false prophets of his day. They were everywhere with their false messages to the leaders of God's people and the people themselves. They were always overwhelming believers with their misrepresentation of God, just as the liberal ministers do today.
Jeremiah was so hurt by this that he appeared emotionally disturbed physically. He staggered around like a drunkard. The weight of his burden was so great because, not only were they being given incorrect information, but the consequences of this would be devastating. Did you know that if a minister tells people wrong things from the Bible, that they are still held accountable by God even though a minister told them what they should believe. People better get into their Bibles and find out if their minister is telling them the truth! People who have never read the Bible or have ever heard its teaching can't say they didn't know. God won't except that excuse either! THERE ARE NO EXCUSES WITH GOD. IT IS EACH PERSON'S RESPONSIBILITY TO LEARN THE TRUTH!
Behold, I am against them that prophecy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 23:32
By contrast, God had sent the people his prophet, the true prophet, who was telling the truth to the people.
And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear. Jeremiah 25:4
For decades Jeremiah preached the Lord's message to the nation of Judah, the Southern Kingdom, that unless they repent of their sins, they would be sent into captivity by Babylon. The nation had seen the ten northern tribes go into captivity over one hundred years earlier because of her sin, but Judah did not learn her lesson. She could, like the northern kingdom, have continued on worshiping idols until finally, God said "that's enough" and sent the Assyrians to enslave them in Assyria. Now Judah was about to be enslaved by Babylon because the false teachers said God would not allow their enemies to destroy Jerusalem and the temple of God. The Apostle Paul had the same problem in his day with the Jewish religious leaders who were misleading the people.
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. Isaiah 66:2
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and he lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16
God offers his mercy and his comfort to his elect people. May we live humbly and thankfully, day after day, as we love and serve him. He wants us to live this way, humbly and thankfully, so that he can bless us. This he wants to do. We stop his blessings by the way we live.
Many pathologists have concluded Christ died of a broken heart. Seldom does this ever happen with someone, but apparently it did with our Savior. There was no one who had compassion for him, or to whom he could share his griefs. We have family and friends we can tell our complaints to, and it will help some of our distress. But he was forsaken by all. He was deprived and despised, and rejected of all his fellow man. The Prophet tells us;
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3
What is it that men despise about him? Have you ever wondered? Could it be because he is the Holy One and the Judge? People love their sin and they don't want to give up? They do not understand sin and its awful consequences. Many do not realize just how offended the Lord is with their sin. Our society has been so blinded by Satan to sin consciousness. While today the Lord is broken hearted over the sins of the people, one day soon, all the unsaved people will be broken hearted forever, over their choice concerning Christ and eternity.
Heavenly Father, thank you so much for loving the unlovely. Indeed, there is nothing about the human family that commends us to you, yet you still love us. Help us to share your love and forgiveness so that many others may know you and find their own broken hearts healed by the grace of God. I pray in Jesus' name. Amen. Preacher