Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again.
Exodus 14:13 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Exodus 14:10-14
Take your stand—be firm and confident and undismayed. What a difficult thing that is to do when we are going through unspeakable pain and trauma. We often feel like we have been knocked off our feet and trampled underfoot by the enemy. The only way we will not be afraid during those times is to believe that the Lord will deliver us from the horrible circumstances.
The Israelites needed Moses to tell them that the Lord would fight for them and that all they needed to do was keep silent and remain calm. They were terrified that their enemies were going to destroy them, but Moses knew that the Lord would not let that happen. He had to have faith in the Most High God for the millions of Israelites that were so afraid.
When things look the worst in our lives, we must trust that the Lord is fighting for us! He knows our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable at times. He also provided the answer to that pain—the love and healing power of His Son, Jesus Christ. We should do what Moses told the Israelites. “Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed].” When we have done all we can do, we need to stand firm and trust God!
In hope against hope Abraham believed that he would become a father of many nations, as he had been promised [by God]: “So [numberless] shall your descendants be.”
Romans 4:18 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Romans 4:16-18
Abraham believed God’s promises to him in hope against hope, or against all hope as another version of the Bible translates this passage. God’s promises to Abraham seemed impossible in the natural realm, but our Most High God is supernatural! His promises to us are not based on our circumstances. Most of the time, they are directly opposed to our situations.
When our hope is dwindling due to a painful and traumatic event in our lives, we must believe God and His promises to us. That is where our hope lies—in God’s faithfulness! The enemy always tries to put doubt and unbelief in our minds, hearts and spirits. Why does he fight so hard to do that? I believe it is because the devil knows that God never lies and he hates God’s children to be encouraged in the midst of pain and trauma.
Hopelessness is never from our loving Father. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, so that we could have the hope of heaven and an eternity with Him. God also loves us so much that He provided the way for us to receive the healing we need for our broken hearts—His perfect and matchless love. We must hope in God and His promises!
“And no man shall come up with you, and let no man be seen throughout all the mountain; let neither flocks nor herds feed before that mountain.”
Exodus 34:3 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Exodus 34:1-5
There are certain times in our lives when the support of family and friends is essential to help us through dark valleys. Godly relationships are another essential part of the healing process for the brokenhearted and they can provide much comfort. However, we must be careful not to share our pain with just anyone. Some people use prayer requests as an excuse to gossip. Therefore, when we are going through emotional or spiritual pain and trauma, it is a blessing and wise to ask for prayer from people we can trust.
In Exodus 34:3, our Most High God instructed Moses to come to Him alone. That is very significant and we need to pay attention to this example. No matter how many family members or friends we rely on for prayer and other support, we must always go to God alone for guidance and confirmation of anyone’s counsel.
Having a personal relationship with Father God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit is essential in not only weathering the storms of life, but also in being able to experience joy, peace, and victory through the storms and after they are over. The healing of our broken hearts is accomplished as a result of the love of Jesus directly, or indirectly through God’s people. To receive the most precious form of that love, we must spend quality time alone with God!
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Galatians 6:7-9
The Lord tells us in several places in His Word not to lose heart. Galatians 6:9 is just one example. However, when our hearts are broken, the devil will encourage us to do just that—lose heart and give up. We must fight that temptation with the truth of God’s promises to us and reject the lies from the enemy.
This is why it is so important to read and study the Word of God. We cannot cling to His wonderful promises during difficult times of pain and trauma if we do not know them. An effective way to get God’s truths into our minds, hearts and spirits is to read the Bible out loud. It has been proven that doing so actually rewires our brains. That is part of the process of renewing our minds (Romans 12:2).
In Luke 4:18, the Bible says that Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. This is an awesome promise from God! We need to believe that promise regardless of what our circumstances appear to be in the natural realm. The Lord works in the spiritual realm on our behalf, although we may never see or know exactly what He is doing or has done. Emotional pain and trauma that caused our broken hearts can be healed, but it usually takes time and persistence on our part to receive godly healing and freedom. We must trust our Most High God and never, never, never give up!
Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.
Psalm 97:11 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 97:10-12
The Lord God shows us the way we should proceed by shining His light on the path before us. His directions are a comfort to those who know Him, because regardless of the outcome, we can be at peace that we are in the center of His will. That is an invaluable part of the blessing of having a personal relationship with Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of Lords!
Following the One True God’s directions also brings joy and gladness to our hearts. If we are truly upright in heart and living our lives to honor and obey the Lord in all things, we will hate evil. We will not rejoice in doing something that is contrary to God’s Word or His will. Our actions are the evidence of our heart attitudes.
We can rejoice in the Lord and give Him thanks for leading us each and every day. If we focus our thoughts on Him and His Word, He will show us the way to receive healing from pain and trauma, and freedom from oppression, that will restore our broken hearts, minds and spirits. Our heart attitudes will change as a result and we will know true joy and gladness. There is no replacement for God’s boundless love and healing, which is available to us as we pursue His perfect will in our lives!
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [that is, the atoning sacrifice, and the satisfying offering] for our sins [fulfilling God’s requirement for justice against sin and placating His wrath].
1 John 4:10 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 1 John 4:7-11
God loves us! Regardless of anyone else in our lives that may or may not love us, God’s love is based on the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, which will never change. After we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are then able to love others through the love that God extends to us.
However, people often try to love others with wrong motives and desires. Selfish reasons for “loving” someone end up causing much pain and trauma, because the love is not God’s love that is being presented. Lust is often confused for love and the result is very damaging to the recipient. If deception is involved as well, the destruction is increased.
The love of Jesus and His Father is the love that is needed for broken hearts to be healed. No substitute for God’s love—drugs, alcohol, sex, food, pornography, money, or people’s praise—can heal what is wounded in our hearts and spirits. The only way that we are able to share the precious and healing power the love God offers us is to experience it for ourselves. As we are healed by that pure love, we can then love others.
God is a just judge,
And God is angry with the wicked every day.
Psalm 7:11 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 7:9-11
When we are brokenhearted, it is often the result of pain and trauma caused by other human beings. That emotional and spiritual pain can be held inside us for many years and even decades. It can also lead to bitterness, anger, hatred, and other destructive emotions if we do not address the existence of that pain and trauma.
Those destructive emotions may even be the root of us trying to take matters into our own hands to repay the offending individuals for what they did that wounded our hearts and spirits. Retaliation is not healthy for us in any way. It does not heal or release the pain and trauma that we carry. Allowing Jesus to remove the emotional and spiritual pain in our hearts and spirits is the only way to true freedom.
We must trust that the Most High God will judge those responsible for causing us unspeakable pain and trauma. His Word says that He is angry with the wicked every day. He is the Most High, Just Judge and He will bring about the appropriate consequences and punishment to those who do not repent for their sins. Repentance must include heart-felt, godly sorrow for the evil actions or words—and a change in behavior—or it is not true repentance at all. It is essential that we place the offenders in the hands of the Most High God and let Him determine the timing for justice to be done. Then, we will know peace in the midst of pain and trauma, and the healing of our broken hearts will be more easily achieved.