The Lord is Close to the Brokenhearted
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
If you're discouraged, one thing I can say with all confidence: God is with you.
Is your heart breaking? The Lord is near you. “Where is God When I Hurt?” people ask. The answer to that question is He's with you. He feels your hurt. He feels your discouragement. He knows when you're not making it, when you're frustrated. Some of you are going through some rough times right now and you're ready to give in or give up or throw in the towel. You don't know if you want to keep on going in the direction you're going. You may be ready to give up. I don't know what you're going through but whatever it is God is going through it with you. You are not alone. His presence is there because He wants to be your comforter. God is not some impersonal force. He is not some far off, far away power. He's very personal and He's right there with you.
No matter what we're going to go through this next week, God will go through it with us. When the roof caves in, God is with us. He's never too busy to listen. He never says, “Come back later, the line is busy.” He is sympathetic to the stress that we are feeling in our life.
Some of you may be reading this, thinking of this as intellectual truth. Others know exactly, from experience, what I'm talking about. We've been through some deep waters and we have felt God's presence in our life. He has comforted us. He was with us, in the trenches. He has given us the strength and encouragement to keep on going. He's an encourager.
GOD’S PRESENCE SEES ME THROUGH WHEN I’M DISCOURAGED
I see all kinds of reactions that people have in life. I see the reactions to funerals, the hospital stays, the crises that come that nobody can predict or plan. I don't know how people make it without the Lord. They don't make it. They have scars, and they don't get over things as quickly as people who depend on the presence of God do. They hurt much more deeply and much more severely than those who know that God's presence is there.
Psalm 116:8-10 He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! I believed in you, so I said, “I am deeply troubled, Lord.”
That verse has only been applied in my life a couple hundred times. Time after time when I have been discouraged and ready to quit, I thought I was in the wrong direction, without the presence of God's encouragement in my life I would not have made it. Times when you think, "I'm defeated. I'm completely crushed. Nothing can be relied on. Everybody lets me down." That's when we need to recognize the presence of God in our life.