• Scripture: Isaiah 61:1
  • Broadcast Date: 11/30/2015

Isaiah 61:1

Ever have a broken heart? Ever known anyone who has?
Well, it’s not a lot of fun, is it?
But it happens, happens all the time. In my 70 years in the ministry, I have seen many a tear shed over a broken heart. And what can we do about it? I saw a sign the other day outside a machine shop that said, “We can mend anything but the break of day or a broken heart”.
So that’s where we live, among the broken hearts, and no way to help them. No way to help them, I should say in our own strength and wisdom. Try as we might, the results are to no avail. No avail, that is, in our own strength. But when we go to God, it is a different matter. Isaiah tells us that,
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”
(Isaiah 61:1,2).
So the thing that we were helpless to help, is no problem for God, for with God all things are possible.
(Luke 1:37).
God continues to tell Isaiah that out of all that brokenness, grief and sorrow He can give them “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for the spirit of heaviness.” (Isaiah 61:3).
God can do it, He is able if we just cast ourselves on Him, give Him our sins and sorrows. Ask Him to come into our heart and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we do that He will make us a new creation in Christ. He will place the blessed Holy Spirit within us and we will find new life, new hope, new reason for living. God promises that, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
(II Cor. 5:17).
Now that doesn’t mean we won’t have troubles, trials and broken hearts, that is going to happen as long as the old devil is loose.”
But it does mean that we will have a new relationship with God. It means that he will be within us and with us as long as we live.
It means this wonderful God loves us and care for us. He knows when we are sad and sorrowful and feels for us because He was one of us, except without sin. So we sing, “Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth and song, as the burdens press and the cares distres, and the way grows weary and long? Does Jesus care when I’ve said goodbye to the dearest on earth to me, and my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks? Is it aught to Him? Does he see? Oh yes, He cares; I know He cares! His heart is touched with my grief. When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.”
So, dear friend, if you are having a hard time of it today. Get to Jesus.
Take Him as your Savior, and then lean on Him fully and completely. And you will discover, that underneath are the everlasting arms and help for every need.
I know, because I have been there!