For Sunday June 26, 2022:
THE BLESSINGS OF BROKENNESS
Jeremiah 23:9 (NKJV)
My heart within me is broken Because of the prophets; All my bones shake.
The word broken occurs twenty-eight times in the book of Jeremiah, and three more times in his book of Lamentations. Jeremiah was a man whose heart was broken by the sins of his people and the tragedies of his times. We feel his sadness throughout the book as he says things like, “Why did I come forth from the womb to see labor and sorrow?” (Jeremiah 20:18).
Yet think of how greatly God used Jeremiah despite—or because of—his broken heart! He drew people to God in his own day, he predicted the return of Israel from exile in future days, and his book has been ministering to the world for 2,600 years!
The Bible says that we are able to comfort others with the comfort God gives to us in broken times (2 Corinthians 1:3–7).
We can’t always avoid broken hearts, broken relationships, broken promises, and even broken items. But when our brokenness is laid at the feet of Jesus, He can use our shattered circumstances to draw others to Him, and we can rejoice in spite of our pain.
After all, Jesus Himself was broken and spilled out for us.
Come, oh come, with thy broken heart, weary and worn with care;
Come and kneel at the open door, Jesus is waiting there.