And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.
Romans 8:28 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Romans 8:28-30
What an amazing promise from our Most High God! This verse does not say that all things are good, but that all things work together for good in our lives if we love God. If we love God and have become one of His children through faith in Jesus Christ, this promise applies to us. However, this promise does not apply to those who are not following the example of His Son, Jesus. Loving God by accepting His gift of salvation and following Jesus as Lord are requirements for this promise to be fulfilled.
If you have suffered emotional, mental, spiritual, or physical pain, you know how difficult it can be to believe that any of those traumatic situations can work together for good. It can seem impossible. However, with God all things are possible, and if we will believe His promises, we will see His magnificent plan come into being in His perfect time.
Let God heal your broken heart and spirit by embracing this and His other promises regardless of your present circumstances. God’s love—through His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit—is more than enough to heal your heart and remove your emotional and spiritual pain. Then, He will use that past pain and trauma for good in your life and the lives of others.
Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brings them out of their distresses.
Psalm 107:28 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 107:23-32
When we are at our emotional and mental limits, and we cry out to the Lord, He will answer. As long as we are depending on our own wisdom, or the world’s wisdom, in a circumstance, we are missing the best counsel and advice available to believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus’ Father is the Most High God, the All-knowing God of the universe! He knows more than we could ever ask or imagine.
In the terrible times of pain and trauma in our lives, we should cry out to the Lord first. Ultimate wisdom comes from Him. His answers may not always line up with our understanding, but they will always be in our best interest. Trusting the Lord to answer our prayers and to bring us out of traumatic times is crucial for our inner peace.
We will have troubles and distresses—and our hearts will be broken—as a result of the rampant nature of evil on this earth. However, as followers of Jesus Christ, we have the hope of our Most High God intervening on our behalf during painful and traumatic times. Crying out to the Lord and trusting Him is a blessing that we often neglect. Since He knows exactly what is happening and how we are suffering, it is never a surprise to Him when we ask Him for help. It is very sad and to our disadvantage when we do not turn to the Lord as our first response to pain and trauma. Jesus loves us so much! He wants to comfort us and heal our broken hearts.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: John 1:14-18
Jesus Christ is full of grace and truth. John saw His glory. We can also behold the glory of the Lord in our lives if we will trust in Him. We must make the decision to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and to follow His example in our lives—one day at a time. We do not become perfect the moment we turn to Jesus. The grace of God helps us along our path to freedom from past sin and daily struggles.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6) for all who will embrace Him. The truth of God’s Word is not subjective nor open to debate. God cannot and does not lie. If we will live according to God’s Word, the Bible, we will be able to see God’s glory in our lives and experience His grace. The truth will set us free (John 8:32)!
Reading the Word of God helps us to learn more of God’s truth, and to know His Son, Jesus, better. It also shines the light of His truth on the world’s darkness and lies, and helps us to walk away from past sin and bondage. As we become more free, the process of healing for emotional and spiritual pain will continue. True freedom, joy, and peace can only be obtained as Jesus Christ releases pain and trauma from our broken hearts and spirits. He is our Healer!
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
Isaiah 30:18 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 30:18-22
The Lord waits. Sometimes we cannot understand why the Lord waits, or what He is waiting for—before He acts on our behalf—and we may never understand or know His reasons. We must remember that our Most High God knows all things from the beginning to the end, and His timing is perfect. At times, He waits for us to stop trying to make things happen in our own strength and to just wait for Him.
Almighty God will be exalted. He will pour out His grace and mercy on us. Our Most High God is a God of justice. As we trust the Lord and wait for His perfect will and timing to be accomplished in our lives, a heavy burden of trying to fix things ourselves is lifted off our shoulders. Our Most High God is all-powerful and nothing is impossible with Him. It is great wisdom to wait for Him.
However, when we are in a lot of emotional or spiritual pain due to some horrific trauma, trying to figure out how to make the pain stop is a natural human reaction. Waiting for the Lord to intervene can often seem like an eternity. That is when we can get ourselves into trouble by doing something that may not be the Lord’s perfect will in order to lessen the pain. We must stand on His promises, look to the Lord for help, and wait for Him.
Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
2 Timothy 2:10 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13
Believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and was raised from the dead, Paul was willing to endure all things in order that others may come into a personal relationship with Jesus and spend eternity with the Lord in heaven. The all things that Paul endured included the hardships of beatings with rods three times, a stoning, being in prison, being given thirty-nine stripes five times, being shipwrecked three times, many other perils, weariness, sleeplessness, hunger, and thirst—just to name a few.
What the Lord asks us to endure for the sake of the Gospel can seem extremely difficult at times, but if just one soul is brought into God’s kingdom as a result, it is worth it. Our broken hearts that result from enormous emotional or spiritual pain and trauma can also be the conditions through which the Lord brings us into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Hardships in our lives can lead us to surrendering to the Lord, if we had not already done so.
Jesus not only came to this earth to offer the free gift of salvation to anyone who would accept it, but He also came to heal the brokenhearted. When we are brokenhearted, we have a choice to run to the Most High God or run away from Him. Those who choose to run to the Lord have the opportunity to receive His love and healing. That does not mean that all adversity will be in the past. However, it does give us the strength to bear all things for His glory!
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Psalm 23:3 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 23:1-3
This is a tremendous promise in God’s Word for the brokenhearted! The Lord restores our souls! Our Most High God cares so much for us that He has promised to restore our souls when pain and trauma from life cause our hearts to be broken. He is our Shepherd and He will lead us beside the still waters and in paths of righteousness if we will allow Him to do that. However, many people choose other methods of dealing with their emotional and spiritual pain and trauma.
The Lord restores our souls—not alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography, money, hobbies, or any other worldly answer. They are substances or activities that only temporarily numb the pain in our broken hearts and spirits. When the pain resurfaces, more of those ungodly solutions are needed to bring the same numbing effect. Addiction follows shortly thereafter.
The paths of righteousness that the Lord has for us include godly healing and freedom for our broken hearts and spirits. The love and healing power of Jesus Christ is available to anyone who will humble themselves and receive Him as their personal Lord and Savior. It is not the easy path to travel, but it is the only path that offers peace, comfort, joy, and restoration for our souls!
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
Hebrews 4:9 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Hebrews 4:9-11
If Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, God’s Word says that there is rest for us. Not only is there rest for us, but we must enter into that rest on a regular basis, especially when we are going through difficult and traumatic times. Emotional and spiritual pain and trauma drain our energy and leave us physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted. Rest is essential if we expect to receive healing for our broken hearts!
Almighty God created our bodies to be restored and refreshed by rest. Just as sleep is not an option for us to be physically healthy, resting from all activities is vital for us to receive the healing we need for our broken hearts. However, many people, especially those with suppressed pain in their hearts, are driven to keep busy at all times. This is due to the fact that, if they slow down or stop their busy lifestyle, emotional or spiritual pain may come to the surface, and they do not know how to deal with it.
Resting in and with the Lord will help heal the pain and trauma that we carry in our broken hearts. Nothing else compares to the love and restorative therapy that we can receive from the Most High God, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Our broken hearts can be healed, but we must cooperate with the Lord by taking time to rest.