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How does God respond to the brokenhearted?

Psalm 34:18The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Our most painful moments are often the points at which we become most aware of God’s presence. Those are the moments we recognize our constant need of him.

Lamentations 3:32Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love.

God’s love and compassion are not intended to pamper us; they are part of his lifelong work of perfecting us. He sometimes lets grief wound us before his compassion heals us.

Psalm 10:17Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.

This intimate prayer voices confidence that God knows our deepest feelings of grief and fear. We can remember these words when we approach God on behalf of those who are hurting, quoting God’s words back to him.

Isaiah 51:12I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?

Other humans often cause the greatest pain we experience in our lives, but God loves to comfort those who suffer. Let God’s ability to comfort you protect you from fearing the heartbreak other people can cause.

Psalm 147:3He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.

Like a good doctor, God intervenes in the painful places in our lives with healing and with the protection that allows further healing to continue. How often do we remain in pain because we haven’t taken God up on his offer to be our healer?

2 Corinthians 7:6God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.

Discouragement is a form of brokenheartedness. When our plans have been thwarted and our actions have been rejected or misunderstood, our natural response is discouragement—a lack of courage to go on. How gracious of God to sometimes provide help by sending someone who can give us new courage by his or her very presence!

Matthew 5:4God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Mourning itself is not a blessing, but it often opens a way for us to receive comfort that was closed off before. The Lord comforts the brokenhearted by his presence, his compassion, his listening, his love, his healing, his encouragement, his blessing, and especially his promises.