February should not be the month for the broken hearted. It should be a month celebrating hearts full of love. But that is not how I feel. How about you?
According to Dictionary.com, broken hearted means “burdened with great sorrow, grief, or disappointment.” We often think of broken hearts in romantic relationships but after a year of disappointment, discouragement, disease, division, and destruction, I believe we were all hoping for a new beginning in 2021 and that didn’t happen. As I watched the political events of our nation unfold in January, my heart is just broken. Maybe you can relate. I didn’t think it could get worse and then it did in action, reaction and reaction again. This is not the America that I moved to in 1971. I wasn’t born here but got here as quick as I could, and I grew to love this country! This is not the America from which my father-in-law escaped Nazi and communist oppression. He got here as quick as he could and raised a family in freedom. This is not the America that friends of mine have fought for which they loved. But this is the reality of America today and I am burdened with great sorrow, grief and disappointment.
“And knowing their thoughts Jesus said unto them, every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” (Matthew 12:25 ASV)
Patience and time don’t heal broken hearts. Politicians and parties aren’t trying to heal broken hearts. Protests can’t heal broken hearts.
God’s Word says, “The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (Psalm 34:17-18 NLT)
Only the Lord, God Almighty, can heal broken hearts.
It is time to stop looking to our government, politicians, protests and even patience to heal broken hearts. Only humble repentant prayer and calling on the Lord to rescue those of us who are crushed in spirit will heal our broken hearts.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Have we called to Him for help? He will rescue us from our troubles Have we experienced broken hearts? He is moving close to us. Are our spirits crushed? Turn from our ways to His ways to Him and He with rescue us. If we haven’t, then may I suggest we prepare for more heart break.
I have had my heart broken in the past and when I let God and His love come close to me then I have experienced real healing. When I haven’t let God and chosen my own ways, I have experienced more heart ache. For me true healing has come through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you haven’t tried it, may I suggest you try and see what He can do! That’s my personal story.
Finally, let’s start showing God and His love to one another and see if we can shift the tide. Start at the grocery store, work place, school, doctor’s office, and especially in our homes. Show God’s love and let God heal a broken hearted country one heart at a time.
Pastor Brad Heintz is the founding pastor of Living Word Church in Seabrook, Texas, a vibrant family-style, non-denominational gathering of believers who take a pure, simple and real approach to faith and life. www.LWCBA.org