The Anguish of a Broken Heart – By Hana Mower
The Anguish of a Broken Heart
A broken heart is no small matter. If we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind, how can we when we feel the seeming despair of our spirit? The ache of helplessness and the burden of emotional damage you feel forced to bear. The overwhelming anxiety intensifies as you feel tormented by the lies of the enemy. How can we cope with the anguish of our hearts? Only by conditioning our minds to look at life through a Biblical standard:
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
I know it doesn’t always feel like it, but the trials we face now are light and momentary. You probably ask; “How can they be ‘light and momentary’ when I am feeling real pain and real hurt that won’t go away?” I feel your heart cry, but remember God is “near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
My question to you is how long will you carry this burden you were not meant to bear? The weight of regret, the searing pain of loss, the misery of uncertainty. You tolerate burdens that devastate your spiritual life because you won’t give them over to God. We’ve become too comfortable with elevating our sufferings above God’s power and sovereignty, like He owes us something. How easily the vain mindset of self-entitlement conforms our hearts! 1 John 4 says to test the spirits to see whether they are from God (v.1). Are the philosophies in your head coming from or impacted by cultural norms, or are they truths from the word of God?
God’s commandments should enlighten our eyes and rejoice our heart (Psalm 19:8). Why would we settle for anything less? The enemy always comes to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10), it just feels worse when your heart is so vulnerable. Patience and endurance may seem like a daunting burden to overcome, but God is gracious to give them when we ask. So turn your eyes from the superficial lies of the enemy to the worthiness of God, to the fact that He is worthy no matter how we feel or what we think, no matter how much despair we feel we’re in. He is WORTHY. Worthy of our praise, thanksgiving, prayer, and devotion. Our God cares about every single pang of hurt that plagues our heart, every broken thought, and every downcast moment. He is there, He is living, and He is the Almighty God, lest we forget who had the power to save us in the first place.
I urge you to give Psalm 55 a read, it’s a true cry from the heart and will hopefully resonate with yours. Also I have a song recommendation that is just right in tune with this post! It’s called “Communion Song” by Jonathan Stockstill and Bethany Worship. Praying you’re blessed by it as I have been.