Is Your Spirit Crushed?


The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalm 34:18 NLT

Are you aware that numerous men and women of the Bible struggled with sadness? Moses asked God to take his life (Numbers 11:10-15); Job cursed the day of his birth (Job 3:1-26); Hannah grieved because her womb remained closed (1 Samuel 1:1-16); and Hagar sobbed in the desert as her son was about to die (Genesis 21).

There are multiple reasons why these people incurred feelings of despair, but there’s one God who helped each person out of his or her pit. God appointed Moses some help. God blessed Job in his later years. The Lord opened Hannah’s womb. God provided for Hagar’s and her child’s needs.

Sunken feelings can enter your life after a loss, after committing sin, from the hands of someone else’s wrong doings, or even following a huge spiritual triumph. No matter what the cause of your sadness, God desires to restore you to wholeness.

God is close to the brokenhearted. He knows what you’re going through and doesn’t want you to remain crushed in spirit. Invite Him into the area of your life that needs healing. Brighter days will transpire as you place your hope in the Lord and take the essential steps He asks you to take.

Prayer Focus

  • If you have been feeling depressed, ask God to reveal to you what course of action He would have you take to become well.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to refill you and help you to regain your peace and joy in the Lord.
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