“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
“Broken” or “Numb”
Would you rather be “broken” to be healed or “numb” in attempt to be safe from the pain…and not healed?
Would you rather feel to be healed by the Lord, even if it’s ugly and raw and messy and painful, and perhaps could get beyond your control?
Or would you rather not feel…. anything at all? To be unbothered.
This is the question that is on my heart this morning, and it’s something I found myself thinking on last night while at the North Georgia Revival.
I asked the Lord last night before the service, what He is wanting to do in us, in His people, and do you know what I heard Him say to me?
He wants to heal our hearts.
What kind of heart can be put together by the Lord?
One that is already broken and placed before Him? Or one that is surrounded by a self-made wall –guarded, even from the Lord?
The Lord will knock on the door of our hearts, but it’s up to us to open the door to let Him in to do the work. The scary thing is, He has given us the will to be able to shut Him out of our hearts, if we so choose. But He calls us, He stands at the door and knocks, waiting for us to open the door so that He can do what He has promised to do, and that’s to heal our hearts.
I felt my own heart break last night as I thought about these two sides of things…. the side of being “broken” before Him or being “numb”, shutting Him out as we shut our hearts down and block them off.
I felt my own heart break as I thought of how many times we choose the safer, more put-together way of life, putting us in the place of just being numb and unbothered, even as the Lord Jesus reaches out for us with His whole heart. His heart is so deeply moved for each one of us.
You know, He was broken for us.
Jesus wasn’t “numb” when He was on the cross. He felt every part of it.
He allowed Himself to be broken — for us.
Jesus came to “heal the brokenhearted”
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;” – Luke 4:18
Oh God, help me to be willing to be open and brokenhearted before You, that I will be open to letting You do the work in my heart that You so long to do…. that I will be willing to open the doorway to my heart and not be resistant and numb and unbothered. Crash through and break down any kind of wall that is trying to be built around my heart, that is not of You. Help me to be brave enough to open up to receive Your love that restores.
“…A broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” – Psalm 51:17
What kind of heart does the Lord heal? A broken one. ??
He heals the heart that lets Him inside to see the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This is when He makes the “change” in our hearts, doing the transformation work that only He can do. This is the part where He “mends” our hearts. That word seems to be such a tender word, doesn’t it?…. “to mend” ?We can trust Him with our hearts.
Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
It’s like I am hearing this coming from Lord’s heart this morning…
“Don’t hide your pain from Me, don’t attempt to put your own heart back together with glue and shattered pieces. That kind of heart isn’t a “living heart” that kind of heart cannot beat and move and function as it should. Open the doorway of your hearts to Me, allow me inside of your heart, let Me see your broken pieces, I will mend your heart, and I will make your heart as new and alive and living, and I will set your heart free to work as it was created to be. I will do a work that only I can do in you. Don’t believe the lie that a “numb heart is the safe way”, for it is far more dangerous than you know. Trust Me, invite Me inside, and allow me to do the healing work in your heart that you need to be able to feel and be healed and to live the life I have created for You to live. I did not create you to be numb, I created you to live with a vibrant, living, beating, working heart — just as I feel within My heart.”
Thank you, Lord. ?