God Can Heal a Broken Heart, But He Has to Have ‘ALL’ the Pieces


The dictionary defines heartbreak as “crushing grief, anguish, or distress.” In today’s world, the term brokenhearted usually describes someone who has suffered a failed relationship or loss of a loved one. A search of the internet makes it appear as though almost all heartbreak comes from divorce or a being dropped by a lover. But a broken heart may be brought on by a myriad of causes such as disappointment in a child’s lifestyle, loss of possession, loss of job, etc. Whatever the cause, the pain of a broken heart can be enormous.

The world would assert that hope lies in psychoanalysis and medication. Advice may include taking an antidepressant, writing an angry letter and tearing it up, going on a shopping spree, getting a makeover, etc. Some would advocate the power of positive thinking. The most common “cure” is time. The world’s focus is on feelings, but God looks at the heart (Samuel 16:7). While the non-Christian may sense a waning in intensity of heartbreak, only a Christian can experience complete recovery because only the Christian has access to the power of the Spirit of God who alone “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

The events in Job’s life may be the earliest biblical record of heartbreak. In one day Job lost his children, almost all worldly possessions, his health, and his means of livelihood. What was Job’s response? “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD'” (Job 1:20-21). Job grieved. Yet, he worshipped God and remained faithful. Although he had doubts as to God’s goodness in these terrible events, through the trial he grew closer to God through God’s revelation of Himself (Job 42:1-5). Job learned what all believers can learn through heartbreak – God is faithful and good and trustworthy.

David, a man after God’s own heart, suffered many heartbreaking circumstances. Each time, he recovered and was an even stronger man of God. Psalm 34 gives an example of how David overcame heartbreak by calling on the Lord. Notice the first step: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4). David knew “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Finally, he expressed a confidence in the love of God that every believer should have: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).

One might ask in a moment of despair, “He may have helped David, but does God care about me?” The answer is He absolutely does! “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). What a comfort to know that God “will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). God is always near to comfort the believer. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). God, who cannot lie, has promised to go through our trials with us. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2).

God never failed one of His people when they cried out to Him, and He will not fail the heartbroken Christian who cries out to Him today. He may not always answer exactly in the way we would like, but He answers according to His perfect will and timing and, while we are waiting for the answer, His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Finally, those who belong to Christ and are enduring heartbreak must know that God loves them and that His love is unconditional. Imagine the grief God the Father endured as He witnessed the crucifixion of His Son on the cross. What amazing love! That same God is there to comfort the brokenhearted and restore the joy of their salvation.

44 thoughts on “God Can Heal a Broken Heart, But He Has to Have ‘ALL’ the Pieces

    1. Happy to hear it .. I can’t take any credit for writing it; however, it blessed me so much that I simply had to share it with others so they’d be encouraged and blessed, too. SO HAPPY it blessed you! Have a wonderful day and God Bless!!

    1. I am learning SO MUCH from Job right now. Admittedly, I have been going through some of THE hardest days of my life recently. I’ve had my fair share of heartbreak, and continue to have it. God is good, He is faithful and HE WILL SEE ME THROUGH. He and He ALONE .. Thank you, Daryl, for always encouraging me and sharing your words of wisdom. What a blessing to be able to fellowship in this way – I am thankful for all the love folks can find here. I really am.

  1. David is an interesting character. He did some pretty terrible things, but God easily forgives him because of his broken and contrite heart. Psalm 51 is one of my favorite chapters from David as it gives us a glimpse into David’s heart. He was a true pursuer of God’s heart, as was Job. God’s love is truly amazing!

    1. Sister Caddo, I can’t thank you enough for your prayers. I sincerely mean that. God is good and He is truly faithful. TRULY! My faith is getting stronger and stronger and lean more and more on Him. Thank you, as always, dear, for your kind words of encouragement and prayer. God bless you!

      1. Are you familiar with Joseph Prince’s teaching? If not, check him out–he is SO anointed! He presents Jesus in such an exciting, enthusiastic way, that I can never sit still anymore–always jumping up and down with His JOY!

    1. So very happy to hear that you enjoyed this one. A broken heart is TOUGH .. really tough. Using that time to lean on God and trust in His timing will only strengthen your relationship with Him, causing us to grow .. in turn, we’ll be blessed and more equipped to bring others to Him. Trials ARE NOT EASY … Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with ALL YOUR HEART and lean NOT on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will direct your path. So, even in a trial, even if we don’t fully understand, we have to trust that He knows the right path for us. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “God is SO GOOD!” Bless you, my dear 🙂

  2. This is beautifully written. You did a great job linking Job, David, and Jesus in suffering and redemption. They are wonderful examples of God’s grace in the midst of our heartbreak.

    1. Hello, Sarah … I can not take credit for this one. I found it and was able to apply it to my own life. It was so helpful, that I simply had to share it here. The original article and the writer’s info is noted at the very bottom 🙂 I’m really glad you thought they were great examples, too. When I read it I was instantly moved. Truly blessed and wanted to be sure as many folks as possible would be blessed but it, too.

  3. I can testify that God’s love truly heals broken hearts, and put broken situations back together again. Thanks for sharing and blessings.

  4. I had to tweet this~ and it grieves me, that you’ve been experiencing such heartaches sweetie ~ But you’re doing everything that’s right which is, clinging to God! My prayers are with you. xoxo

  5. I don’t know how “pingbacks” work, but I wound up on another blogger’s site along with your link. I am so glad. Your writing is beautiful. I will be praying the Lord’s comfort for you as you journey through this season… a friend of mine once said, “When we are strong enough to carry 80% of our life, we’ll naturally only give God the 20% that we can’t carry. The weaker we become, the more we “have” to surrender… but when we are 100% weak… it is THERE that GOD’S strength can be made PERFECT in us.” I am weak, and my flesh hates it. But it is in my weakness that the ministry I have sharing Jesus with others has been solidified. It has been there, but when they can see my weakness and Christ holding me together… they are drawn to Him… not me. So, suffering is never anything I’d choose for someone (thankfully I’m not God), but look at the fruit that is being born from it, and take courage in the Lord. You are His Beloved! Thanks for sharing!!

    Lord Bless you!
    Amie Joy

      1. Yes, I noticed that. But so awesome u shared it! Thanks…God truly uses willing vessals ♥

  6. Thank You Lord for you words that really gives me a strenght and encourangement of what i am
    situation right now..Truly his word are awesome and amazing

  7. I am hurting so bad right now. All I can do is cry. My body is in such anguish due to a lost relationship. I never knew I could feel this much pain. I just keep reading this over and over in hopes of relief. Thank you for posting this. Your love for your fellow Christian is awesome. And I believe in my heart of all hearts I will one day find a love/husband/friend to marry.

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