Sword and Shield for Lesson 16
Mending the Broken Heart: Head to Heart Guide
The Lord completely understands the depth of our wound from trauma and doesn't want it to be just glossed over - He wants His peace restored into every hurting heart!
Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! For my soul is full of troubles,and my life draws near to Sheol. I am counted among those who go down to the pit;I am a man who has no strength. Psalm 88:2-4 ESV [Be very honest with him in prayer about your pain.]
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17 ESV [He is drawing near to you when you are hurting.]
But this is a people plundered and looted; they are all of them trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say, 'Restore!' Isaiah 42:22 ESV [But God does!]
"I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near, 'says the Lord,' and I will heal him." Isaiah 57:18-19 ESV
Meanwhile there is a brighter side to affliction and it is the good work that the Lord is doing to help us gain and grow through all of our unwanted pain (James 5:11).
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. Psalm 119:67 ESV
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. Psalm 119:71 ESV
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight 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 transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV