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"Giving Thanks" Devotional | Day 4 | 11.11.2021

Give Thanks in Your Brokenness Because God is Near – Day 4

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit.

Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near all who call out to him, all who call out to him with integrity.

“I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God.” Meister Eckhart

Psalm 34:18 reminds us that God is not only present with us, but near or close to us. The message translation says it like this: “If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.” He is near to the pain we feel. Near to the loss we can’t fill. Near to the needs we have and can’t yet express. For the brokenhearted, God gives nearness.

God is not removed from knowing about the pain, or from our experience of pain. He is always available and close to those who suffer. Not only is He near, but he stays with us and will help us get through. He is not surprised or deterred, no matter how deep the brokenness feels. God gives us the courage we need to breathe again. Emotional pain sometimes leaves us speechless. This verse provides words to remind our hearts and talk to God when we cannot find the words ourselves. God’s presence with us in our broken moments is of great comfort.

1. What is a broken moment in your life that you can recall when God was right there with you?

2. Have you ever felt like God was removed from understanding your pain?

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