There are many reasons for broken hearts and shattered dreams. Some are of our own making, and some are a consequence of the family and environment we were born into. But there isn't a person on the earth who hasn't been hurt, wounded, and broken by life in some way or another.

Hurt and pain come with the territory; you live on this planet and you're going to have to deal with adversity. Satan (the devil), the adversary of God, who happens to hate your guts, roams around on the earth trying to wreak havoc whenever and wherever he can.

Whether we have been hurt by our own sin or an attack of the enemy, God is a mender of broken hearts and a repairer of shattered dreams. He will not turn His back on our mess, no matter what the reason for it. No one knew this better than David.

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken" (Ps. 34:18-19, NIV).

David had experienced many troubles, some of his own making, some because of his enemies. But God was always faithful to him, and He will be faithful to you. If you are struggling with a broken heart, I encourage you to go to the Father and pour out your heart to Him. He wants to heal you and mend you; He wants you to be whole and happy.

If you want to be effective in your mission for the kingdom of God, you need to be whole. Give God your brokenness today. Let His healing hands restore you to the place of strength and joy that He has ordained for you.

Source: Mission 3:16 Devotional by Carman.
Excerpt permission granted by Albury Publishing