Just two weeks after the attack in Manchester, here we are again, facing more devastating news: ‘Terror strikes again in London Bridge – at least 6 people have died and more than 40 injured.’
First of all, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected: individuals, families, emergency services, the communities nearby, our Capital city of London as well as our Prime Minister and government. How they need God’s wisdom and guidance as they deal with another horrific tragedy.
And for us, where do we find healing when our broken hearts seem unable to recover? As a country, we have barely understood one tragedy when yet another one hits. What can we do?
Well, for me personally, my only advice is to stand firmly upon God’s Word, for that is where I find my comfort and strength. God’s Word has been the anchor for my own family in times of desperate tragedy, and it is the one thing that we can ALWAYS rely on. God’s Word never changes, and it contains all we need for hope, comfort, healing, wisdom and guidance.
If you are fearful, grieving, or broken today, let the truth of God’s Word sink into your heart:
The Lord is MY light and MY salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will NOT fear, though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. (Psalm 27:1-3)
To me, in darkness and devastating times, the Lord is my source of light. That means He WILL guide and lead me. Darkness may be the symbol of distress, trouble, perplexity and sorrow, but light is the very opposite of these. God supplied King David with so much light that his very darkness disappeared and his way became brighter, even in a time of real trouble. If we allow God to invade our lives, He gives us His peace that surpasses all understanding, and He reminds us that He IS God, and when we are with Him, we are safe.
Today, you may be broken-hearted. Well let me tell you that He still heals broken hearts. I know because He healed mine. Psalm 147:3 says: ‘He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.’
The definition of ‘broken’ is ‘reduced to pieces’, fragmented, ruptured, torn, fractured, not functioning properly, out of working order.
Is this how you feel? Do you feel like your heart has been reduced to pieces? Ruptured? Broken? Destroyed? YOU ARE REALLY HURTING! It’s like your heart has been shattered into many pieces and you feel emotionally crippled. Ask God to help you, to strengthen you, and to heal you. Hand your situation over to Him, trust in Him, anchor yourself in His Word, and allow Him into the broken parts of your life.
He STILL heals the broken hearted! Why? Because He really loves you.
Our hearts and prayers today are with everyone who is broken, lost, and feels as though their lives have been shattered. The cry of our hearts is ‘Lord God, heal our land!