Brokenness. I think if we were honest, which we seldom are, the best word to describe our lives would be brokenness. Few people when they lay their head down on their pillow at night think to themselves how awesome their day was. Usually, we see sleep as the escape from the disaster of our lives. How often do we say, “I can’t wait until this day is over.” Ironically, the next day is just as bad as the last. It is a vicious cycle. For some people the cycle is terminally vicious. Life has become so broken that death seems to be the only escape. I would guess that we are the only creature on the planet that ends their own life because of the lack of pleasure.
When tragedy strikes and brokenness screams in your face, many people scream back, “Where is God?” In those moments, there is a tendency for people to argue that God must not exist because of the hurt they are feeling inside. I would argue the opposite. I believe the pain points to God’s reality.
The only logical reason that seemingly random tragedies hurt so deeply is that we were not designed for displeasure, but we were designed for pleasure. The brokenness we experience seems foreign to us, it seems wrong. The pain seems like an enemy to our souls. In those moments we have a deep desire to be delivered, to be saved.
In Jesus’ early ministry, he read from the book of Isaiah.
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor” – Isaiah 61:1-2
When he finished, Jesus said, “"Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:21). What Jesus is saying is that, the brokenness, the fear, the pain is not right, it is not the way life is suppose to be, and He has shown up to fix it…forever.
Jesus Christ is the way that leads to the healing that our soul desires. Jesus is the path that can satisfy the deep thirst in heart for love, joy, and peace. Jesus is the path of life. Jesus is the path to God.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” – Psalm 16:11
If you are hurting, memorize this verse, cling to this verse. This is the Gospel. This is good news. Jesus Christ has opened for us a path to God where joy and pleasure have no end.