Our God: Healer of Broken Hearts

Although many put up a cold front, few if any of us walk away from a divorce, no matter how amicable, unscathed. A divorce is essentially a fracture. Two pieces that were once joined together; in marriage, through bank accounts, children, friends and family have now split apart and the result: a broken heart. But God is a healer. He heals the sick and the lepers and most importantly, he also heals the broken hearts.

Psalm 34:18 says: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (ESV). If there was ever a verse that describes what it feels like to come out the other end of a divorce, it’s this one. The Psalmist knew anguish, but he also knew God. He knew that our God is as the popular Christian worship songs says, an “Awesome God” and one whose love will “heal the brokenhearted” and “bind up their wounds” Psalm 147:3 (ESV). He knew his own mortality and that it wouldn’t be through his own strength that he would get through this, but through God’s.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” Psalm 73:26 (EVS).

It wasn’t just the Psalmist who knew God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (ESV).
Divorce is a vicious ripping apart of two people once joined together and it leaves in its wake many wounds and a broken heart, but God, the God of the Psalmist and the God of the Bible, is one who is bigger and more powerful than any problem, pain or weakness we come across.

Recommended Reading

Bible Verses for Every Occasion by Michael Lewis

Although not specifically aimed at divorce and broken hearts, this Kindle ebook contains comforting verses for more than a hundred different real-life situations. It makes it easy to turn to the most relevant parts of God’s word when you need it most.

Grace and Divorce: God’s Healing Gift to Those Whose Marriages Fall Short by Les Carter

Les Carter explains how God’s grace can get us through a divorce and mend our broken hearts. Carter draws on his experience as a psychotherapist, giving advice and guidance on how to get through a divorce without judging yourself or each other.

Additional Bible Verses

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

About the Author

In 2008, an unexpected divorce left Denise Surringham feeling alone and without hope. Her faith was restored when she realised that God had already written a message of comfort to her through his word.