We pick up our phones and get a notification for yet another negative headline. Instantly, fear strikes into our already weary hearts. We trudge through the day with a sense of impending danger, anxiety, or even grief. Sound familiar?
It can seem like we’re surrounded by struggle, lack, and disappointment. Our souls feel downtrodden, our hearts crushed, and our confidence shaken. But we weren’t meant to live this way. Psalm 34:18 reminds us that even in our brokenness, God draws close to us. Not only is He with us (Joshua 1:9), but He is the divine physician who is faithful to save us and heal us from the inside out (Mark 2:17).
When the dark shadows come to steal our joy, God wants to restore us to wholeness (Jeremiah 30:17). When just going through the motions is a trial, God wants to bring us a sense of renewed life and purpose.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. Our mental anguish and emotional pain don’t cause Him to recoil or turn away. The reality is quite the opposite. In our darkest moments, God wants to draw us into His embrace. He wants to hold our hearts in perfect peace.
It doesn’t matter what we’ve seen, what’s been done to us, or what struggles we encounter. Jesus is stronger. His shalom peace involves restoration, wholeness, and well-being for every area of our souls.
It might not always feel that way, but we can rest knowing that even if our feelings betray us, He never changes. He is true and kind. He is for us through both the triumphs and the trials.
God is with us
We can look inside ourselves and get distressed, or look at our outside circumstances and get depressed. However, when we look at Jesus, we find real rest.
God is so close to us, even at this moment. He is Immanuel, the Prince of Peace, and the Mighty Counselor. With just one word, He can cause our broken hearts to come to life. He is always nearby, ready to rescue us from every anxious thought.