The Lord is Close to the Brokenhearted …

I remember sitting in church sometime after my first chemo treatment. I listened as the pastor said, “I don’t know what you’re going through but God knows. He can bring good out of all circumstances.” These words made a torrent of tears pour from my eyes. My body, emotions, mind and soul were suffering. My cancer diagnosis was devastating, my life turned upside down. The October 14th Jesus Calling devotional says, “When suffering strikes, remember that I am sovereign and that I can bring good out of everything.” Stuffing wet tear-filled tissues into my purse, I was confused, sad and lonely. But after I had shed my tears and heard more of the message, the Holy Spirit brought a peace into my soul. God’s love washed over me. In the midst of my turmoil, joy emerged.

Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

How do you think God is changing you in the midst of your trial? Have you brought your crushed spirit to Him? In what ways have you seen Him bring good out of a tragedy in your life?