I have personally been going through some hard times over the past few years. There is no need to go into details; we all have burdens, issues, and disappointments. One is not more challenging or complex than the other - they all are heart-wrenching.
I have been saying to my husband "I feel broken." He would tell me not to say that, but that was precisely how I felt in my soul and spirit. This morning, sitting with the Word, I came across this scripture, and it brought clarity.
"The spirit of a man will
sustain him in sickness,
But who can bear a broken spirit?"
A broken spirit is when life's challenges and trials have crushed one's spirit. Staying connected to God and His Word will nurture the spirit in hard times, but that has not been my case. I have not been connected, therefore, sustained.
Feeling discouraged and distraught, reading the Word has been a challenge. Being in a place of gratefulness and praise has also not been easy. I have focused on my brokenness and health issues, wallowed and moaned, but thank God for His Word that awakens one to their error and brings enlightenment.
The Word of God says, "Who can bear a broken spirit?" Indeed, not man alone.
A broken spirit leads to wrong thinking, depression, constant sadness, discouragement, hopelessness, and sickness. There is only one way out - that is Jesus and the Word.
I turn to Yeshua, cast my cares on Him, and trust His healing ministry of unconditional love will heal my broken spirit.
I must lift my focus up and diligently get back into the Word, and the peace of Jesus that surpasses all understanding will be my refuge and strength.
"He heals the brokenhearted
And binds their wounds."
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—
meditate on these things.
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me,
these do, and the God of peace
will be with you."
Meditating in the Word is my daily focus; at least, that is my intent. We are all human and fail, but God is merciful and gracious. We must press on and persevere.
"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:13 -14
Everything will be OK. This challenging time shall pass, and all will be well. It is promised by God's Holy Word!
Halleluiah, praise Yahweh!
God's blessings and peace ~