Everyone can relate to being crushed. Whether it is a rejection from someone we care about, a failure at something we wish we had succeeded with, or some devastating occurrence, we know what it is to be crushed. Mom did too. One of the things she often said about the Lord was that he cared about people – specifically women. That was particularly important to her. It was a sticking point because so many other religions were incredibly harsh with women – but Christ was kind – even to those most shunned by society. This salmon-colored card jumped out at me today because it has one vers on the back and one on the front.
Fears And Broken Hearts
Psalm 34: 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me: he delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34: 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
These verses are from the same chapter. At first glance, they may not seem related, yet they are. How often does crushing cause fear? We are crushed and then afraid to venture back out to where we were before. But the bible doesn’t address them in that order. It speaks of fear first because crushing is inevitable – often, it’s necessary for growth. God tells us first not to be afraid of the crushing – not to fear the broken hearts because it is then that he comes near to you. It is at those moments He comes close enough to hold us up, fight for us, and bring us closer to Him and our purpose.
Comfort In Sorrow
How comforting to know that Jesus is closest to us when we feel most alone. We can be confident that when we put our trust in Him, He will be there to help us through the most difficult times. Be blessed & keep thriving.
(Salmon Of Knowledge Day 4)