When the Heart Breaks

Michael Beck

“The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.” (Proverbs 14:10)

Our experience is uniquely our own. No one feels exactly what what we feel. We all have had our own vantage point from which we have seen life. Our heart has been affected for good and for bad by the events we have witnessed.

Who we are in large part is determined not by what has happened to us but by how we have responded to it. Left to ourselves, life scars us in an ugly way. Bitter experiences can turn us into bitter, angry, even hateful people.

Ultimately, our fragile hearts are in desperate need of help. They wound and break and become poisoned all too easily. They rage at a world of injustice and unkindness and make us as bad or worse than those we hate. The human heart needs Jesus. He had a heart that was just as capable of being hurt or disappointed by the world He faced. But His heart was not overcome by evil. He alone stayed right in a wrong world.

Jesus is the Great Physician who knows how to bind up the brokenhearted. He is the Balm of Gilead who brings health to a heart under attack and in danger of becoming diseased. None of us can afford to face life without Him. Our hearts can’t take it.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.