“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
I have been privileged to meet a wide variety of people in my time as a therapist. I have known children that were neglected and abused. I have met teenagers that struggled with addiction, sexuality, and anger. I have cried with the mother whose parental rights have been terminated. At times the stories of these individuals are overwhelming and disheartening. At other times their stories reveal to me in a very powerful way the exceptional grace of God.
I have learned that when people experience extreme pain, hurt, and rejection they begin to see themselves and the world differently. These children, teens, and parents that have been through so much, begin to believe that they are “bad”. They somehow view themselves as the sum of all their choices, and each mistake made adds to the conviction that they are worthless.
I often wonder how God views these children of His? Does he keep a list of all the mistakes and shake his finger in disgust with each one added to the page? Maybe he gets really frustrated with them and lashes out in anger? Is it possible that he really doesn’t care what happens to them?
I think that God looks upon those who are hurting, broken, and wounded with great compassion. I believe that he sees the prostitute, drug addict, child abuser, and rebellious teen with love rather than disgust. I imagine God looking upon the brokenhearted and saying, “my child, come to Me, I will make it better.” I imagine tears rolling down his cheeks, as he knows the emptiness of drug abuse. I can see sadness in His eyes as He feels depression and self-hatred. He must experience terror when he sees through the eyes of the abused child. John the baptizer says, “Look the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! “ John 1:29
I am thankful that, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”. If only we could see those who are hurting with the compassionate and loving eyes of our father.
How can we begin to see with the eyes of God? How would seeing with the eyes of God change the way we respond to Sin?