Broken Hearts

Streams of tears flow from my eyes,

For your law is not obeyed.

–Psalm 119:136

In 1947, Robert Pierce was ministering with Youth for Christ seeking to bring the gospel to the world. Upon arriving in China, he guided thousands to Christ at evangelistic rallies. However, he also became well aware of the widespread hunger that existed there. Moved with compassion, he wrote the following in the flyleaf of his Bible: “Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.”

An instant look at our world, regardless of our communities of affluence, reveals to poor and needy among us. We find children growing up without fathers, single mothers struggling to get by, and widows with no one to show them the love of Christ. It would seem that many have not read God’s Word commanding the care of the orphans and widows. To make matters worse, we don’t even shed a tear when God’s law is not obeyed.

Robert Pierce did not believe it had to stay that way. His broken heart was moved to give whatever he had to help hungry children. God used him to rally others to join in this World Vision to obey God’s law and care for those in need. Perhaps God is moving us to compassion for others. Perhaps tears are beginning to flow that God will use to fill the hearts, mouths and souls of those He came to save. May we be people with broken hearts for meeting needs of those who need a glimpse of God’s love.

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