“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
For the whole of this month, we have been meditating on several spirits, their activities and how to overcome them. Here, Solomon points out “a broken spirit dries the bones.” The alternative medicine for this is the spirit of the joy of the heart which keeps one happy in Christ. Dear children of God, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). “For, the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
I met a wealthy person in Canada who was broken hearted. With a sigh, he dejectedly said: “What is the use in praying?” He said, “Sir, there was a car accident recently in my family and my wife lost her life in it. My only son, aged twenty-four who was studying in the university also died in it, his face being crushed. Though the world is so big, there is no one to be with me. I am just roaming about with a broken spirit. It is better for me to die.”
I was thinking of his words. His mind and heart have been broken because of his losses.
Though in his outlook, he might have lost everything, he did not lose Christ, His love and fellowship. The promise is “I will not leave you nor forsake you’ and thus he did not lose the presence of God. Definitely, he did not lose his eternity and the Kingdom of God. When one gets actively involved in a ministry of God, he can forget his worries and lead a new life.
It is not a big thing if a tree breaks and it is not a big thing if an employment fails. There are alternates for these things. But the heart will tremble if the fellowship of love breaks. Above everything, the relationship with God should be protected so that it does not break.
Since Hannah had no children, she was dejected and looked to be a broken-hearted woman. Though she was ridiculed and provoked by her rivals, she came to the church with tolerance. She knew that God could set her broken heart right, she cried and pleaded. God blessed her with Samuel. While praising God for this, she said, “The bows of the mighty men are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength” (I Samuel 2:4).
Dear children of God, whatever be your worry, look up to God. Somehow, He will change your sadness. He will turn your mourning into merriment. He will bless you by changing all the Himalayan problems and the struggles which pierce your heart like a thorn today.
To meditate: “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?” (Proverbs 18:14).