Review: When God Breaks Your Heart
By Ed Underwood
Have you ever wanted something so bad that you were willing to do almost anything to get it?
How about praying for something you really desired, but it has not come yet?
Have you ever questioned if God has really heard your prayers?
Like most of us, if not all, we have had these questions in the back of our mind, yet we look for that glimpse of hope. We understand that life happens and how we deal with the changes result in a good or bad outcome.
Well according to the author, “this is a book to help you or someone you love through the darkest days and nights.” The author uses a specific story from the Bible, one that is quite relevant to his testimony. The story of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary, and the test they went through. As the author shares his story and the season of sickness, he used with intensity examples of overcoming pain and obstacles relating to Martha and Mary highs and lows of emotions after sending for Jesus when their brother was ill.
The author puts it this way….If your physical or emotional turmoil is stealing your confidence in God, I want to share these comforting truths about Jesus’ love and care for you and give you every assurance that you are God’s child (pg, 27). However, the fact remains that you have been praying and praying and praying, wondering if God will answer you or when He will answer you. The author reminds us that we, too, can fall into a cry out to Jesus….. “Lord, if you had been here…” We all want that quick relief from that lasting pain and misery, but sometimes it seems as if it take decades to come to us.
The author mentions the first lesson God taught him through his affliction was regarding prayer: He taught him the difference between a request and a report. While the lesson was uncomfortable, it requires a shift in theology and in teaching. The author shares a few things to encourage you:
- God will never do anything contrary to His sovereign will.
- When God does respond to prayer, it is never because we demand our answer according to some formula or with enough faith that forces His hand.
- God loves His children and delights in caring for them.
In Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
The Scripture is true and reminds us that as we continue to love and trust in God, all things will work out for our good. The author encourage us with this: you may not fully understand all of the reasons for what seems like Jesus’ undue delay and what all of this means, but you can be sure of what it doesn’t mean: It does not mean that He doesn’t love you. If your pain had caused you to wonder if Jesus’ love for you has diminished or even stopped altogether, read that sentence again in the present tense with your name written into it instead of Martha’s and Mary’s: “Now Jesus loves.”
The author shared so much of his testimony and it is a reminder of how we too, can forget how much Jesus loves us while we are going through tragedy and suffering. But we have to hold on to those Scriptures that strengthen and heal, no matter what; we have to fight the good fight of faith. This book is to give that hope when their faith is failing them. Just like Martha and Mary, their faith was failing them because Jesus didn’t save their brother, but when Jesus came He call forth Lazarus and brought him back. Jesus just wanted them to have faith in Him.
In spite of what we may be going through Jesus want us to have faith in Him, in His ability and power to bring us through. Yes I know it hurts very badly and it seems like the suffering is never-ending, but everything has its season. The author story has shown us just that and the lessons he had to learn through this process. It won’t feel good all the time, but there is one who loves you and will care for you even in the midst of the storm. Your prayers are not in vain, God hears your cries and will send you an answer according to His timing. The author leaves us with this: Friend, don’t let your broken heart define your life. God has so much more for you. Every tomorrow can be a day of glory….if you believe. Remember that Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Amazing testimony and I highly recommend this book to encourage, inspire, and uplift those who are in need. This book has been a blessing and a reminder of no matter what we are dealing with, we are not alone.