“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” – Psalms 34:17-19
I’ve heard it said that many come to Christianity but don’t stay because they came under false pretenses. Someone sold them a god that was more like a genie in a bottle granting vain wishes, then a God on the thrown blessing the selfless and humble. They came because they were promised the easy road, and left when they found the broken one.
Christ never preached an easy gospel. He told his followers to pick up their cross (a symbol of trial, persecution, hardship, burden, and brokenness for the sake of others) and follow him. He said that they would be hated for His name’s sake, that to gain your life you must loose it. Christ preached a hard message because he didn’t want people being deceived. He knew hard times would come upon every man that believes and He did not want to leave occasion for the storms of life to uproot His people. So He planted them firmly in the truth. He warned them that, yes troubles and trials will come, heartaches and hardships, physical beatings and emotional brokenness, but for those that trust in The Lord, there is hope. There is peace in the midst of the storm, that blessed assurance. Which is the power of His words, the comfort of His embrace, the hope of His deliverance, and the promise of His eternal rewards.
You see, all men go through trials, Matthew 5:45 tells us that it rains on the just and the unjust alike. Yet our responds to those storms are very different, and likewise the outcomes of them. Storms have a way of watering and strengthening those that are firmly planted while uprooting the dead and rotten. You are never nearer to God, nor do you hear Him more clearly, then when you are facing a season of trial and brokenness. Why is this? For one, it’s because God loves us with a jealous love and it breaks His heart when the enemy breaks ours, provoking Him to swift action on behalf of His beloved. However, on our end of the spectrum, brokenness has a way of humbling us. It tears down our walls, our resistance, our self reliance, our logic, our pride, our very selves. It causes us to step out-of-the-way, fall down before God, cry humbly to Him with full reliance and trust, at which point we hear clearly from him and having all fear and doubt stripped away are able (in our brokenness) to submit and move in total obedience. These are the times that God gets to shine the brightest, both to us, and to others through us. When these seasons come, don’t fret, but rather know that in these times faith is built in you, testimonies or built through you, and miracles are build for you. You see, pain tends to focus us, brokenness drives us, and humility opens us to the heart and voice of God.
The world faces troubles too, but sadly, they are for naught. We as Christians face troubles, but with the promise of reward, blessing, spiritual growth, and the opportunity to shine the love and light of God in our darkest hours, building a testimony of the power and goodness of God. Trust God and be not dismayed, the more impossible the situation the greater the miracle He will preform to get you out of it, and the more He will bless you for being faithful through it.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” – Psalms 51:17
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?” – Matthew 5:44-46
“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 humble and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” – Isaiah 66:2