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Nov. 14 Devotion: Heart Break Hill

“HEART BREAK HILL”

Psalm 147:3-5 (3) He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. (4) He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. (5) Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. Psalm 69:20 (20) Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 (11) I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. (12) For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. In our journey of this race called “life”, many of us have experienced or at some point, will experience major heart break. In Ecclesiastes (V.11) above, we see how time and chance, HEART BREAK, happens to all of us. In (V.12), we see that we know NOT when this may happen and that HEART BREAK can fall suddenly upon us. When our hearts are broken by events and circumstances in this life, it can sometimes hinder our walk with God. We have all heard of the Boston Marathon. This race is a very long race that has many challenges. One of the greatest challenges of the race is a little over half way through. If you are going to finish the Boston Marathon and complete the race, you have to face “HEART BREAK HILL”. This is the part of the race where many runners quit and just drop out. For some, the challenge is just too great. The hardness and heaviness of the race, and the pain is just too much, and they decide they are going to quit. Even though, there are others there watching, (Family and Friends) cheering them on, trying to encourage them. Sometimes, there are those, that seemingly can’t go on, they decide to give in and just give up.

My Christian friend, this life and the race we run for Jesus is a marathon and NOT a sprint. There may be times we feel like we can’t go another mile. Burdens or tragedy come into our lives suddenly and our hearts are heavy and broken. We feel as David felt in (Psalm 69:20) above; as though NOBODY cares. We are low, discouraged and depressed and we find ourselves looking for pity from someone, ANYONE. Can I say to you, Jesus cares, and HE UNSERSTANDS, and is GREAT in Power, as we see in Psalms above! HE can heal and bind up your wounds and broken heart today, if YOU let HIM! Do not let up or give in, KEEP GOING FOR JESUS! Others are watching, counting on you and Jesus is watching and HE is there! Look to HIM today dear friend, and in HIM is all the strength you need to finish your race!

Bro. Lawrence Longworth Isaiah 61:1 “the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

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