One of the most powerful messages of hope and comfort we share with others is the promise that God is a mender of the brokenhearted. The Bible is full of the history of individuals who experienced profound brokenness in their lives, from loss and betrayal to illness and injustice, even death. Yet time and again, we see how God takes the ashes of their pain and turns it into something beautiful.
Consider the powerful promise in Psalm 34:18: “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Also see Ps. 51:17; Is. 57:15) This speaks not only to God’s ability to heal our deep wounds that no one can see, but also His closeness to us in our pain. We can take comfort in knowing that no matter how broken and shattered we may feel inside, God is with us, offering us His everlasting love and comfort.
Isaiah 61:1-3 provides an even more detailed description of God’s healing work among the brokenhearted. This remarkable passage, one Jesus partially quotes in Luke 4:18-19, speaks of how Jesus comes to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release the prisoners from bondage, to comfort all who mourn, and to provide for those who grieve. This passage is a vivid picture of God’s grace for the undeserving. A message of hope that speaks to the deepest needs of our hearts, offering us healing, freedom, comfort, and provision when everything feels wrong.
Of course, healing from brokenness is rarely straightforward. There is no “magic wand” to wave over our crushed spirit. Sometimes, it can be a long, painful journey with setbacks and challenges. But as we trust in God and allow Him to work in our lives, we can find the strength to persevere and the hope to carry us through. What we are going through may not be good, but in the hands of God, we are given “garland for our ashes.” (Isaiah 61:3). An Old Testament way of saying life and hope, where there was death and destruction. We are not alone. God is with His children every step of the way, and there is hope and healing in Him.