Bible Study & Devotional (Day 173)
🔴 Healing for the Broken-Hearted
Contributing Writer: Irvine Saint-Vilus
Let’s face it! People were adept at wearing masks long before COVID-19 was ever on the scene. The stark reality is that many people display smiles on the outside, but inside they are suffering from broken hearts. That emotional pain can be excruciating and unbearable since there is no known physical cure for it. When a person experiences a broken heart, their spirit is crushed, and their life’s vitality is sapped out of them like dry bones.
A friend once told me, “My heart is broken into a million pieces over my children because they don’t contact me.” Then, sometime later, I met with the same friend again, and things were different.
She was laughing and thanking God because she had received the phone calls! Her estranged children had contacted her. My friend was no longer brokenhearted but joyful.
That occurrence demonstrates the wise saying in
Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Like any effective medicine that helps the body heal, joy is the remedy that allows the broken heart to mend. Knowing this truth can help people with broken hearts. Instead of isolating oneself or succumbing to depression, someone suffering from such an ailment can engage in activities or associate with people that bring them joy and gladness.
Jesus, the Lord, and Savior, experienced broken-heartedness in the Garden of Gethsemane when He faced His trial of suffering alone and in tremendous anguish.
He stated, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38).
However, He was able to encourage Himself through prayer to His Heavenly Father, and also an angel appeared to Him and strengthened Him (Luke 22:43).
Through His example, the Lord demonstrates that He understands what we are going through, and He also shows us what we can do to receive strength. It is good to do the things we enjoy, and it is also beneficial to seek God in prayer. In addition, through His suffering, Jesus illustrates that He understands what we are going through, and He can shoulder the burden of our broken hearts. Our God is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).
Irvine is a published author, worship leader, instructor, and speaker. Over the past two years, she worked as an instructional assistant helping autistic students in the school system. Irvine also had the privilege of working as a chaplain in a hospital setting, which allowed her to minister to patients, staff and work in a team environment where collaboration and accountability were essential. Irvine received a Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a Master’s degree in Divinity, and a School Counseling degree at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
This devotional was submitted by Irvine Saint-Vilus, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.