October 6, 2020

God’s Empathy

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 6, 2020

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18

I had one particular relational difficulty in my life that broke my heart, for years I wondered if my heart would ever heal. After praying and praying for a breakthrough and for the emotional pain to pass, and no matter what I tried, nothing seemed to help. It seemed God wasn’t helping me. I was still brokenhearted and on top of it, I felt as if my heart had hardened out of self-protection. I didn’t want to get hurt again. 

Then one day while talking with the Lord about my broken heart and what felt like an inability to love, Ezekiel 36:26 came to mind. 

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” In that moment, I knew He was telling me that He would change my heart. He would give me what I couldn’t give myself: healing. 

I went about my life and I am so thankful that healing came, but it didn’t come all at once. It came in pieces here and there, when I had new fresh revelations about what had happened, when I understood more about the role I played in my own trouble, and I started to see my past relational experience in a new light. Then one day, I looked back over my shoulder and did a happy dance in my kitchen. God had done a healing work in me slowly until I could finally see His love working to heal my pain. 

There can indeed be times when we don’t feel that God is at work to transform, change, or heal us. It seems that He isn’t doing anything, actually. And that can be discouraging. 

I wonder if this is how life looks to the bird who sits on her nest. Things seem like they are at a standstill. But the bird sits quietly, knowing that in the quiet something vital is going on and that in the proper time it will be shown. It takes faith and patience for the bird, and such faith and patience never seem to waiver, day after day, night after night, as she bides the appointed time.

Restless and doubtful, we wonder if the healing of our hearts will ever come, because we see no visible signs of progress. Let us remember the perfect egg, unchanged in its appearance from the day it’s laid. But as the bird faithfully waits, doing the thing that she’s supposed to do during those silent weeks, important things are happening and taking place.

And so it is with us. During those times when we doubt God is at work, we need to faithfully wait on Him, doing what we’re supposed to do—choosing to trust Him, choosing to believe during the silent weeks, perhaps even months and years—God is remaking our hearts!

How many times have I been clueless or haven’t believed that He wasn’t at work until He revealed the finished product? Then, when I least expected it, He pulled back the curtain covering the place in my heart that was once wounded and exclaimed, “Look child! See how I’ve healed you! Now you know it was all me.”

Are you waiting on God to heal your heart? Do all you can to cooperate with Him for healing by getting help if you need it from a professional, then wait for Him to do for you what you cannot do for yourself. He is at work in you even if you can’t perceive it. 

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).


Lord, I know that when I call out to you for healing, you listen. I know you care about my heartbreak and pain more than I do. While I am waiting on you to reveal your finished work in me, please help me to learn what I need to learn and allow the emotional pain I feel to push me closer to you. Please help me to expectantly wait on you. Amen.


Even if you don’t believe healing is possible, ask Him again to take your burden. Just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it can’t.

Related Reading

Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 61:1; 1 Peter 5:7

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