Our Broken Roads

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”

– Isaiah 61:1 ESV

Dr. Bob Miller

Dr. Bob Miller

As Jesus stood among oppressed, captive and broken people, He read this passage in the Synagogue declaring that He was their Healer, their Help and their Hope.

We serve a God who heals.  He heals broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives, broken dreams and broken relationships.

None of us escapes the burden of brokenness.  It’s effect can distract, discourage, destroy and defeat us.    But, our God provides a way to embrace the blessing of brokenness.  It drive us to a deeper and desperate dependence on Him.

Healing Is Found In His Presence.  When we are crushed, we can come to Him.  When we are humbled, He gives us hope.  When we are ruined, He restores.  God writes through Isaiah, “The high and lofty One who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: ‘I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.” (Is 57:15 NLT)

Hope Is Found In His Promises. Our God is true to His word . . . He will never leave . . . He will never forsake . . . He will never abandon.  The Message illustrates God’s promise as the psalmist tells of God’s truth, “Is anyone crying for help? GOD is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you’ll find GOD right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, He’ll help you catch your breath.” (Ps 34:17-18 MSG)

Help Is Found In His Process.  Jacob was broken at Peniel and God made him a great nation, Gideon’s soldiers broke their water pictures and released the light of victory, Mary’s broken alabaster box filled the room with an aroma of worship . . . trust His process.  The psalmist encourages us, “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (Ps 51:17 NLT)

Will God heal all the brokenness in life?  No, He may not.  Will God use all the brokenness in life?  Yes, He will.  To each, He gives grace.  Paul was reminded, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9 NLT)

Brokenness brings us back to our God.  Rascal Flatts recorded these lyrics written by Marcus Hummon, “This much I know is true.  That God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.”

Come to Him.  Claim His promises.  Commit to His process.


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