It Breaks My Heart – or Does It?

It’s been a crazy news week in America.  But that in itself is not unusual.  There’s always something crazy the media can find to report. Each day as I watch the news I hear about shootings, robberies, missing kids, sports victories and losses, politics –  and if it’s a good day – some happy news.  It takes just a click of a mouse to find out what’s happening around the world. Most of the stuff I hear I just gloss over and worry about making sure I’ve seen the weather forecast (even that can be bad at times).

But this week, some stories came across by TV, News apps, and Facebook timeline that have made me stop and think. {They’re not necessary to name – won’t promote the stories.)

Is what I’m reading/seeing breaking my heart? Does it break my heart like it does God’s?

Sadly, I’m afraid not.  Sure, I get upset about what I read — senseless killings of innocent people, children abused and forgotten, animals neglected, financial downfall of certain companies, wars and rumors of wars, and something a government official has or has not done – the list doesn’t end.

However, several things this week have upset me – angered me. But still, is my heart really broken? Broken like God’s?

The honest answer is No.

No. It hasn’t broken my heart like it breaks God’s heart. How do I know this?

Sure I get mad. But what am I doing about it?

Do I start a petition?

Do I race out and try to help?

Do I send money to an agency already helping?

And here’s the kicker.

Do I pray about it? Am so heartbroken that I am brought to my knees in prayer – in repentance because of my indifference about things? Am I grieved because something that goes against common sense and God’s Word is done?  Am I brought to repentance because I have sinned and am no different from some of the things happening in the world that God hates?

No – Don’t. No – I’m not.

But I want to be.  I want my heart to hurt like His. To be able to see the injustice that is happening in the world. To care enough that even if I can’t physically do something about it – I can pray – to not sit back and do nothing.

King Solomon didn’t do “nothing” – he prayed.  He prayed for his nation – his people – for them to turn their hearts to God (I Kings 8:22-53). We see countless other times in Scripture when the people of God turn to Heaven because of the sin of the people. We see Moses interceding for Israel; Jeremiah weeping over the loss of his nation; We even see Jesus praying for His disciples to be kept from the evil one.

True, it’s going to get worse before Christ comes back.  It seems like injustice is here to stay but the time is coming for judgment day. {Are we ready?} What are we {God’s People} going to do in the mean time?

What are we going to allow to break our hearts? Are we going to allow ourselves to see the world as God sees it and grieve then pray? Are we going to see the Church as God sees it and grieve (Sadly, the church is not immune) then pray? How about this – allow God to use us – the Church – to show God’s love to others.

Are we – the Church – going to continue to do “nothing”? It’s time to Pray.

Pray that – When anyone sins against his neighbor . . .  then hear in heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked, bringing his way on his head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness. I Kings 8:31-32, NKJV, modified.

Pray that – When we – God’s people – are defeated before an enemy because we have sinned against You, and when we turn back to You and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication to You in this temple, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people . . .  I Kings 8:33-34, NKJV, modified.

Pray that – When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because we have sinned against You, when we pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from our sin because You afflict us, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people that You may teach us the good way in which we should walk; and send rain on Your land . . . I Kings 8:35-36, NKJV, modified.

Pray that –  “When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far or near; yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of those who took them captive, saying, ‘We have sinned and done wrong, we have committed wickedness’; and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name: then hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You, and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You; and grant them compassion before those who took them captive, that they may have compassion on them  (for they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out of Egypt, out of the iron furnace), that Your eyes may be open to the supplication of Your servant and the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You. For You separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be Your inheritance, as You spoke by Your servant Moses, when You brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.” I Kings 8:46 – 53, NKJV, unmodified.

Pray that the heart of this Nation would turn back to God and His Word.  Pray that the evil that plagues this Nation would be heard in Heaven and this His Hand would move. Pray that sinners would turn to Jesus. Pray that the Church would lead – and love – like Jesus.

Pray, and if told to do so, act.

~ Lorna

About Follow 2 Serve {Lorna}

I am a follower of Christ and I love to serve Him. I am married with two sons. I received my Liberal Arts Associate Degree in May of 2012. My hobbies are reading, crocheting, quilting, knitting, nature photography, and being with my sons.
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