2014-06-12 - Held in a Heartbreak
Originally Published 2002-07-18
Jer 29:10-14 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD,' plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13'And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14'And I will be found by you,' declares the LORD,' and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,' declares the LORD,' and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile. (NAS)
Israel has been bombarded with false teachers and prophets while they are in exile in Babylon. As a nation they have held on to the dream of returning home. If you've ever been away on an extended trip, no matter how much fun you've had it is just wonderful to be home again. The people of Israel have been away from home much longer than an extended trip and they have no sure hope of getting home again. In the middle of despair and heartache God visits His people with a prophecy filled with hope and assurance of His care and compassion. Just when the heart of the nation could take no more, the weight is lifted and the wound is dressed. The healing can begin.
It reminds me of how many people come to know Jesus Christ. Their hearts are weighted down with the pains, heartaches and wounds of this life. The world and the enemy whisper in their ears that they are worthless and hopeless. When their own resources are finally at an end and they don't think they can take one more thing, Jesus walks in with unspeakable promises of hope and mercy and grace. All of the old shattered hopes and dreams are taken away. Some are brought back better than new and others are replaced with things that we had never imagined. The wounds are still there from the old life. But they can be cleaned up and can begin to heal.
There is at least one purpose for heartbreak. It can be used by God to bring people to Him. It's strange but understandable why we wait. We want to do things ourselves, waiting until the last second to ask for help. When we finally put our pride aside and ask, He can finally do what needs to be done.
Isa 55:1-3 "Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. 2 "Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. 3 "Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David. (NAS)