Isaiah 61:1 ”The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives.”
Broken by Scott Stapp
Street corner preachers you’ve heard before
Friendly advice just gets thrown out the door
There is a question I want to understand
Why can’t everyone tell the truth and learn to love again
There are many people in this world that have been brokenhearted. We have all been brokenhearted to some degree during our lives, and it is part of life. But there are people all over this world that have only known brokenheartedness. There’s people starving, wars, diseases, poverty, you name it, and it’s happening right now in this world.
I consider myself blessed way beyond what I deserve. No, I am not rich like Warren Buffett, Ted Turner or George Soros. I don’t have a lot of extra money, and my list of personal possessions isn’t that long. But, I have a wonderful wife, six great children, a great job, two vans, a house to live in, food on our table and relatively good health. So, by worldly standards, I am in the rich club. I have no reason to complain, but I do. I sometimes have a self-pity party and think that my life is so rough, stressful and busy. Then I get knocked back down to earth.
I pray each day that God will grant me hearing like He gave Samuel. It’s been working. God reminds me each day that He has blessed me, and that I should be wise with what He has provided. I need to be more willing to give of my time, talents and treasure and still maintain my leadership status at home as the spiritual leader. I don’t want to be Eli, I want to serve my God and my church, but my children’s salvation comes first.
That doesn’t stop me from wanting to do what God has destined for me. Part of this is prayer. It includes praying for the less fortunate, the lost, children in this world that are homeless and without family in addition to praying for the sick, poor, widows, and so on. Pray what though? I can’t begin to understand what some people in this world are going through. I can’t fathom that on my own.
So what do I do? How can I possibly understand this so I can be an effective prayer warrior? I got the answer from the book written by Richard Stearns, “The Hole In Our Gospel”. Richard quotes a man named Bob Pierce, who said “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” When I read that, I realized that was my answer. God help me to understand what breaks your heart, so I can learn how to serve you better.
There are 300 verses about the poor. There’s over 50 verses about widows. When it comes to children there’s at least 40, probably more and I can find at least 20 verses about the sick. So, to understand more about the things that break God’s heart, I find it in the bible. Look up and read, study and meditate on those verses. You will find that you will start to begin to understand the things that break God’s heart, and then, He will begin to use you to help those that are truly broken.
Father God, help us to listen and hear like Samuel, so we can begin to understand what truly breaks your heart. Then, we can begin to serve you and the brokenhearted people on this earth. That’s when we can really show the love of a Risen Savior to those that have yet to know Jesus.
In Jesus name,