Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Psalm 37:7 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 37:5-7
In this verse, the Lord tells us to rest in Him and wait patiently for Him. In the two previous verses, He instructs us to trust Him because He will bring forth justice. For those who are suffering the emotional pain of a broken heart, it can seem like an eternity as we wait for the Lord to intervene on our behalf and bring about His justice. The pain and trauma can be overwhelming and can be the focus of everything we do if we are not careful to follow the Lord’s directions in this verse.
Waiting on the Lord is not optional if we want to experience His perfect will in our lives. However, waiting on the Lord to work things out for good does not mean that we are to do nothing in the meantime. We can and should focus our attention on serving the Most High God as we wait on Him. Helping others helps us to remember the bigger picture of why we are on this planet. The healing of our broken hearts is accomplished in part when we reach out in God’s love to a hurting world.
As we rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him to help us through our times of trauma, we can share the love of Jesus—even if in some small way—with others who may not even know the Lord. Jesus was the best example of this. In spite of being in the process of experiencing an excruciating death on the cross, He spoke words of comfort and love to His mother and John (John 19:25-27). Let us follow His example!
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
John 10:27 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: John 10:22-30
According to Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1, Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. However, we must be one of His sheep, or followers, in order for Him to heal our broken hearts. Being a follower of Jesus Christ does not only mean that one day we said a prayer asking Him to save us from our sins and hell, but much more than that. The prayer is just the beginning. Asking Jesus Christ to be our Lord—and surrendering our wills to His will—requires us to obey His directions in our lives.
Hearing the Lord’s voice is an amazing privilege. We do not usually hear it audibly, but in our hearts and spirits. We know that we know that He is leading us down certain paths because we have given Him the authority in our lives to do so. Following Jesus is not easy, but it is always the right thing to do—always! Regardless of the initial outcome of our decisions that are led by the Lord, we can know that He will ultimately bring good out of them.
Our Most High God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit know us better than we know ourselves. We may think we can fool others, but we can never fool the Lord. It is ludicrous to think that the Creator of the Universe can be deceived. Therefore, we must diligently listen to His voice and obey the Lord in all things if we claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. Peace that defies understanding will be our reward. Our heavenly Father knows best and wants to help us as we travel the path of life, but we must listen to Him, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,”
Psalm 95:8 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 95:6-11
A broken heart—that is something we have all experienced at some time in our lives, and many of us have had our hearts broken numerous times over the years. We must be careful not to allow our hearts to become hardened as the result of emotionally painful and traumatic circumstances. Broken hearts are weakened and more vulnerable to the schemes of Satan, including his temptation for us to shut out other people, and even the Lord, in an attempt to protect ourselves from further pain and trauma.
Trials and trauma in our lives come in various forms. Physical abuse, spiritual abuse, emotional abuse, mental abuse, verbal abuse, molestation, rape, the death of a loved one, divorce, accidents, and natural disasters are extreme examples of events that cause our hearts to be broken. If we are not careful, they can also leave us with hardened hearts. Turning to the Lord for His comfort and healing is essential for us to receive the freedom, peace and joy that those events steal from our hearts and spirits.
If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior—an incomparable gift from our Most High God—we have the opportunity to receive healing and freedom from pain and trauma. We will obey the Lord, not walk in rebellion to His plans for us, and not harden our hearts if we are true followers of Jesus. We will also realize that we must make the choice of our own free will to forgive those involved in causing our broken hearts. That does not mean that the pain will instantly disappear, but that a lack of forgiveness will not be an open door for the enemy to keep us in bondage!
And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
Matthew 14:28 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Matthew 14:25-33
The disciples reacted in fear when they saw Jesus walking on the sea. However, Jesus told them not to be afraid. Peter appeared to be the only one of the disciples who believed it was even possible to step out on the water and walk to Jesus, because he asked the Lord to command him to come to Him if He was Jesus. After Jesus told Peter to come, Peter began doing the seemingly impossible and walked on the water to go to Jesus!
As described in the subsequent verses, Peter did not continue to keep his eyes on Jesus and began to pay more attention to the storm. That resulted in his returning to a state of fear and beginning to sink. However, in His incomparable compassion, Jesus saved Peter. The Lord wants us to have faith and be determined not to let trials and traumatic circumstances steal our hope in Him. We must believe that He will cause the storms in our lives to result in good—even those things that break our hearts!
When we are going through unimaginable emotional pain and trauma that breaks our hearts and can even cause physical pain, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. Just as Peter began walking on the water, we need to act on our faith by rising above the waves of the storms in our lives and focusing on the Lord. That is the only way that we can remain in God’s will, have peace in the midst of the storms, have victory over the enemy, and glorify our Most High God.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.
Psalm 138:3 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 138:1-3
When we are brokenhearted as the result of traumatic and emotionally painful circumstances in our lives, we can feel anything but bold and strong. Normally, the pain and trauma cause us to be discouraged, depressed, hopeless and/or fearful. However, if we take the horrible situation as an opportunity to cry out to our Most High God for His help and comfort, we will be made bold and receive strength in our souls!
Praying to our heavenly Father should always be our first reaction to pain and trauma in our lives. He is the only One who can intervene and truly heal our broken hearts and spirits. Our souls—our minds, wills, and emotions—need the boldness and strength that Almighty God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit can provide in any situation. Our personal relationship with Jesus is the only way to Father God and our ultimate healing and freedom.
David was praising the One True God in these verses for the Lord’s loving-kindness and truth. David had experienced God’s goodness and he knew that the Lord was responsible for the boldness and strength in his soul. Spending time in prayer, praising and loving our awesome God, is essential for us to receive the healing from emotional and spiritual pain and trauma. There is no shortcut to inner healing, but the freedom it brings is worth every minute that it takes to achieve the Lord’s peace, joy, and victory over pain and trauma!
He who has the Son [by accepting Him as Lord and Savior] has the life [that is eternal]; he who does not have the Son of God [by personal faith] does not have the life.
1 John 5:12 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 1 John 5:10-13
This verse is very clear. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have eternal life and can look forward to spending eternity with the Most High God. Our personal relationship with Jesus will then be the pathway to our inner healing and freedom. Jesus came to not only save us from our sins, but also to heal our broken hearts. God’s love heals!
There are many worldly methods and therapies available that claim to heal emotional pain and trauma, but true healing is only accomplished through the blood of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice paved the way, once and for all, for us to develop a right relationship with the Most High God and to receive genuine freedom. Every other solution to emotional and spiritual pain and trauma is a counterfeit from the devil and temporary.
True life is only found in a personal relationship with God’s only Son, Jesus. The emotional and spiritual pain that we have experienced is very real and can be suppressed in our hearts for decades. Many people suffer depression, hopelessness, despair and endless pain as a result of traumatic circumstances. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only One who can provide our ultimate comfort and healing. Prayer from godly followers of Jesus for needed freedom will result in hope, peace, joy and the healing of our broken hearts!
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 30:21-23
Hearing the Lord about everything we do is of the utmost importance! The emotional and spiritual healing we need to release pain and trauma—and heal our broken hearts—is a process that includes several activities on our part. The Lord will lead us in the way He wants us to go if we take the time to ask Him. We must slow down and really seek the Lord’s will in our lives before we can know what decisions we need to make to honor the Lord. Listening to the Lord is essential as we pursue emotional and spiritual freedom.
Hearing the Lord—and obeying Him—regarding doing spiritual housecleaning will help our healing progress. Any items we possess that dishonor the Lord are a major blockage to receiving inner healing. Examples of those things include ungodly music, books, magazines, jewelry and artwork. As the Lord shows us things in our possession that are ungodly, we must destroy them and either throw them away or burn them. If you are unsure if something needs to go, it probably does. The Holy Spirit will guide you as you ask Him for discernment.
As we obey the Lord by removing ungodly items from our environment at home and at work, His blessings will follow. Of course, the biggest blessing in our lives is the amazing gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. After that, the Lord blesses us as we obey Him and His Word. Obedience to the Most High God in what He reveals to us is essential in our healing journey.