Sunday, May 29, 2011
Since the fall of the human race as recorded in Genesis Chpt. 3 and the curse that the entire creation has been put under-life-for most humans has been full of hardship and heartbreak. Some of our sorrow is due to our own foolishness and sinfulness. I am not talking about that today. I just want to share with you today how God heals the wounded and broken hearts of those who love him and belong to him. I can speak from experience about this subject-because I am one of those people. If you are a believer in Christ-you will suffer loss. You will experience pain-you will be afflicted.
I can remember those early days after the death of my son-it was so unexpected-so sudden. My husband has medical issues and is disabled. My son was such a help to me with his father-and the two were best friends. We saw him everyday-the three of us would take a daily walk with our dogs. I remember my pleas to God-I wanted to know WHY? It made no sense to me at all. I needed my son-I had had enough loss in my 50 years. In the depths of this dark despair-as I cried out to the Lord day and night with my broken heart-I was given a treasure. The treasure was mine all the time-but the Lord had to show it to me clearly because in that dark place-I could not see. I began to read and mediate on and memorize Psalm 91. This is a wonderful place to stay for awhile if you are in the midst of suffering. I remember praying that psalm to God daily-a sentence here-a verse there. I remember the comfort the nearness of God himself brought to me.
He who dwells in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress;
my God, in Him will I trust.
I am so fond of my times with Job-though few of us have ever suffered like he did-I feel he is a kindred spirit for sure. I can still remember Job's anguished cry the first time I read it and really understood what he was feeling in his heart.
Then Job answered and said:
2 "Today also my complaint is bitter;
my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his seat!
4 I would lay my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know what he would answer me
and understand what he would say to me.
6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
No; he would pay attention to me.
7 There an upright man could argue with him,
and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
Job had lots of questions for the Lord-and he longed for a chance to contend with the Almighty about his suffering. He wanted an audience with God-he wanted to remind the Lord what a righteous man he was-he longed to be acquitted of the accusations against him -by his so called friends. He wanted an answer to his WHYS!
Then when we get to chapter 38- God finally shows up.I am putting a tiny portion of that passage here-I ask you to read Job chapters 38-42-these are some of the greatest chapters in the entire Bible when we have unanswered questions for God.
1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
2 "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
It says in verse one that God answered Job-but God's answer to Job is a series of questions that bring Job to his knees in worship-as we see in chapter 42.
Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 "I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?'
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 'Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.'
5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
6 therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes."
You will notice through the entire discourse with Job that God never answers the question of WHY-which we think we must have. The way that God mends broken hearts is not by answering why-but by answering WHO?
I can't tell you how life changing it has been to me to understand that the more I know God-Who He is and what He is like-the less need I have to know why. Please do not misunderstand-the pain of these losses will never be entirely erased in this life (a mended heart is always scarred)-the choice that has to be made in the time when the pain threatens to undo us is to focus on God. Who he is-What he has done for you and me through the cross of Christ-the promises he has made to us that are fast and sure.
If you are a Christian-you will suffer loss of one kind or another on a regular basis. Make your life a mission to study God-because knowing God is the only thing that makes any sense of suffering.
To put it another way-God mends a broken heart by the revelation of Himself: this my soul knows very well.
Posted by Victoria at 11:29 AM