Proverbs 18:14 “The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?”
A broken spirit is devastating. The difference in one’s emotional, mental and physical health is deeply rooted in a spiritual connection to Jesus. In fact it can make the difference in life or death.
Imperatively speaking is the truth we hold to hope for the future. Add to that is the joy of getting up to a day we wish for; a morning without pain; a job we look forward to fulfilling.
But how many actually do wake up to the life they always envisioned?
How often do we meet people who say, “My life has turned out exactly as I planned it” and are thrilled about it?
A broken spirit affects everything.
The way we think, act, behave, and live out our days.
Imagine waking up every morning to a spouse who lies, deceives, manipulates and verbally abuses you.
Imagine going to a job every day you loathe.
Imagine working with a terrible boss; one who thinks of no one but themselves and treats the employees worse than dirt.
Imagine having to deal with a family member 24/7 with loaded baggage from “hell” and refuses to do anything to change it; or worse takes some form of violent action against innocent people.
Imagine waking up in an Iranian prison every morning to people who hate you for your Christian faith so much you are beaten, starved and brainwashed.
Imagine teenagers kidnapped from your family by a terrorist group who uses you for bait.
Where is God?
No matter our plight or position, whatever or wherever we are affects not only ourselves but everyone around us; and sometimes a whole lot more people we may never know.
As for children and youth, it has been the target of the enemy to thwart those Satan believes God has raised up for his purposes. Centuries of attacks on the unborn, children living in the worst conditions to ultimate horror have raised arguments of an unholy, uncaring God who is nowhere to be found in these precious lives. Not only has Satan allowed this to make God look like he simply left it has elevated the position that God isn’t the Almighty after all.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Upon discovering that any child under the age of accountability if taken from earth automatically goes to be with Jesus is the opposite of what Satan thinks he is getting away with. Such cases of horrific living conditions or children forced in the hands of evil sometimes God will allow them to come with him to spare them of even further terror or dreadfulness. Our peace lies in knowing they are with Jesus and we will see them again, and forever.
This in no way resounds the grief and heartbreak of losing such innocents, but the truth is there is no better place to be than with Jesus in Heaven.
For those who are of accountability God still extends huge amounts of grace and mercy because of his love for us when we fail, or mess it all up. The condition or circumstance isn’t the point here; but the personal relationship with the resurrected Christ.
So if our spirit is broken into pieces, shattered and left out to dry, how do we get up? How do we move forward?
To be continued….