This week we read:
Wrapped in Love
Have you ever been brokenhearted? The Hebrew word for broken is shabar. It means:
1) to break, break in pieces
1) break, break in or down, rend violently, wreck, crush, quench
2) to break, rupture (fig)
1) to be broken, be maimed, be crippled, be wrecked
2) to be broken, be crushed (fig)
c) (Piel) to shatter, break
d) (Hiphil) to cause to break out, bring to the birth
e) (Hophal) to be broken, be shattered
The Hebrew word for heart is leb. It means:
1) inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding
a) inner part, midst
1) midst (of things)
2) heart (of man)
3) soul, heart (of man)
4) mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory
5) inclination, resolution, determination (of will)
7) heart (of moral character)
8) as seat of appetites
9) as seat of emotions and passions
10) as seat of courage
a) of place
b) of time
c) of personal relationship
Were it not for my saving relationship with Jesus, I would not have the privelege of this relationship with Him. I wouldn't feel His closeness, His nearness.
We are told in the Psalm above that the righteous man may have many troubles but God delivers us from them all. Who am I to be called righteous?
It's a gift. A gift of His death and resurrection. Oh how precious to have the righteousness through Christ! Although we are told we may have many troubles, we are also promised that the Lord will deliver us from all of them.
The Hebrew word for deliver is natsal. This verb means:
1) to snatch away, deliver, rescue, save, strip, plunder
1) to tear oneself away, deliver oneself
2) to be torn out or away, be delivered
1) to strip off, spoil
2) to deliver
1) to take away, snatch away
2) to rescue, recover
3) to deliver (from enemies or troubles or death)
4) to deliver from sin and guilt
d) (Hophal) to be plucked out
e) (Hithpael) to strip oneself
I love how God delivers us. He personall stripped me of all the brokenness that surrounded my heart and delivered me from the pain I was in. He rescued me from the uncertainty of my future, snatched away the words that wounded me, and delivered me from the sin and guilt I had incurred on my part. I still haven't figured out exactly what that sin was. In talking with a close friend, we determined that while it wasn't pride, there may have been some selfishness on my part. God redeemed me from that, though, and helped me escape the pain of the brokenness of heart I felt.
Once He did that, I was able to think more clearly, open the lines of communication with my loved one, apologize for my side of the issue, and accept the apology they gave. Compromise was reached and healing began. I was able to write again and my prayers feel like they are received with love and tenderness from God. They don't seem empty or fractured or to be bouncing off that glass ceiling that seems to appear when deep troubles come our way. Were it not for my achey knee, I would have a spring in my step. As it is, I have a spring in my spirit!
While I only had to wait a few days for the healing and deliverance to take place, I realized it may take many days, weeks, months or years. Was I prepared to go the distance? I'd love to say yes, that I was willing to wait it out and remain faithful to what I had been called to do, but truth be told, I was ready to pick up my skirt and run for the hills.
"My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me." ~ Psalm 31:15 (NIV)